Yesterday at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference, the company announced officially that Windows 8 is on-track to reach the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) stage in the first week of August, with general availability to come later in October - essentially confirming many thoughts of the industry on when Windows 8 would be released.
There was no word at the event on when Windows Server 2012 would be released, but a post today on the Windows Server Blog reveals that the operating system will also RTM in the first week of August alongside Windows 8. General availability will be in September (earlier than Windows 8) through "multiple channels".
The Release Preview of Windows Server 2012 has been downloaded over 500,000 times, according to the blog. Come September, it will definitely be interesting to see what differences there are between the shipping version of Server 2012 and the RP.