Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Sep 2013 21:24 UTC

Starting today, we will extend availability of our current Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM builds to the developer and IT professional communities via MSDN and TechNet subscriptions. The Windows 8.1 RTM Enterprise edition will be available through MSDN and TechNet for businesses later this month.

Developers had been asking for this.

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RE[7]: Really not so bad
by novad on Tue 10th Sep 2013 17:06 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Really not so bad"
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Have you guys seen Azure Pack for on premise deployments?

Yep. Technically interesting but there are some concerns about it:

- You rely (At least partially) on an externally provided service. This is not a problem for some customers but is one for others...

- This service is provided by one of the biggest US company. This is maybe a good argument in the US but can make some companies in the rest of the world feel a bit uncomfortable (I don't think I have to tell you why)

- The integration which is actually possible with System Center components (SCCM SCOM Orchestrator and SCVMM mostly) allready gives you the possibility to build really flexible solutions without the need for an Azure integration.

So in short yes... Interesting but for most of the customers I work with not a viable scenario (Much more for political than technical reasons)

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