Microsoft finally made the release date of Windows 8.1 official. October 18 is when the newest version of Windows will hit general availability, though Microsoft plans to deliver the RTM version to OEM partners by the end of this month.

And along with announcing the worldwide launch date of Windows 8.1, Redmond has also revealed that its latest Windows Server version will also be available on the same day.

The news was revealed in a blog post, where the software titan confirmed that October 18, 2013 will not only see the launch of Windows Server 2012 R2 but also System Center 2012 R2 and the latest update to Windows Intune:

“We’ll make evaluation versions available through the TechNet Evaluation Center, and these products will be available for new purchases when they hit the price list on November 1st.”

Several analysts have commented that Microsoft is a bit sluggish with release timings, and the technology titan seems to have picked up its game with this new round of updates.

Redmond has already lined up a number of new enhancements for Windows Server 2012 R2 — from improved hard drive performance to a new in-box gateway that allows connections to both physical servers and virtual networks on the Internet.

A preview version of Windows Server 2012 R2 has already been released.

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