December 1, 2012
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Before the general release of Windows 8 – Microsoft has released a few important updates for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 RTM. Remember if you have running RTM version of Windows 8/2012 your system will be eligible to receive this update.
These updates (*.msu) provide a collection of performance and reliability improvements that are designed to improve the Windows 8 experience. Also you can see some of the built-in applications have received updates.
As per the Hotfix Knowledge base for this update over here http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2756872
This cumulative update includes the following performance and reliability improvements:
- Increased power efficiency to extend battery life
- Performance improvements in Windows 8 applications and Start screen
- Improved audio and video playback in many scenarios
- Improved application and driver compatibility with Windows 8
This update applies to
- Windows 8 Enterprise
- Windows 8 Pro
- Windows Server 2012 Datacenter
- Windows Server 2012 Essentials
- Windows Server 2012 Foundation
- Windows Server 2012 Standard
How to install
You can install this update either using Windows Update in your Windows 8/Server 2012 system.
You can manually download the updates from Microsoft Download Center
Additional articles for reference :
KB – Windows 8 Client and Windows Server 2012 General Availability Cumulative Update
ZDNET – Microsoft delivers Windows 8 updates ahead of Service Pack 1
Microsoft has announced the name for upcoming Windows Server 8(which is BETA now, and you can download it through MSDN Subscriptions) and it will be called as “Windows Server 2012” .
Windows Server 2012 includes a number of new features or feature changes. It would be purely a Server for Cloud and User interface similar to the METRO interface Windows 8 have.
Windows Server 2012, offers businesses and hosting providers a scalable, dynamic, and multitenant-aware, cloud-optimized infrastructure. It securely connects across premises and allows IT Professionals to respond to business needs faster and more efficiently.
Microsoft has indicated that Windows Server 2012 will not support 32-bit (IA-32) or Itanium (IA-64) processors, the following system requirements are for the beta, and are subject to change in the final release.
Minimum system requirements for Windows Server 8 Beta
|HDD free space
||32 GB (more if there is more than 16 GB of RAM)
Microsoft Windows Server “8” Beta system requirements
Visit Windows Server 2012 site more details