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Windows 8 Shows Its Server Side

After showing the desktop version of Windows 8 on Tuesday, Microsoft on Wednesday demonstrated the companion server version of the operating system.

Developers also got a preview version of the code for the new server operating system, which Microsoft says will be heavily influenced by its experience running Windows Azure, the cloud based operating system that Microsoft runs in its own data centers.

“As the person who leads Windows Server and Windows Azure engineering, I have had the experience of building and operating a cloud platform,” VP Bill Laing said in a blog post. “We have been able to apply many of our insights from Windows Azure to Windows Server 8. … Windows Server 8 will be a big leap forward, especially in terms of helping IT organizations progress beyond virtualization to build private cloud services.”

As with the desktop version, Microsoft did not say when Windows Server 8 will ship.

Microsoft’s top executives are also due to meet with Wall Street analysts later in the day, with Kara Swisher joining me in Anaheim to cover that part.

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