Visual tour: Windows Server 2012's best and worst features

Reviewer Jonathan Hassell takes you through the highlights -- and lowlights -- of the newly available Microsoft server operating system
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The final build of WS2012

As of Sept. 4, Windows Server 2012 officially went up for sale. It was finalized and the gold master build produced in August.

A lot has changed from Windows Server 2008 R2 -- there are many new features and modifications to the user interface, and it represents a different way of working with Windows on the server. Microsoft has done a lot to bring Windows Server into the cloud age and to make it easier to for IT to support working anywhere and everywhere, without a loss of service or quality. It's also melded Windows 8 experiences into the OS in some questionable and strange ways.

In this photo gallery, we'll take you through the most significant changes visually.

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