Windows Server is set to get two releases each year

  • Windows Server is set to get two releases each year

Windows Server is set to get two releases each year

Microsoft had earlier announced that it will be releasing two major updates for Windows 10 and Office every year.

Windows Server will now get bi-annual feature updates, mimicking the schedule employed for Windows 10 and Microsoft Office 365.

The Server team confirmed that they would be releasing two feature updates per year one during Spring and the other during Fall each year. Microsoft's blog post touts the usage of Server Core in the company's Azure and Azure Stack platforms, meaning that the updates the company makes to its own servers will be able to be rolled out to customer datacenters more quickly.

Windows Server 2016 has been part of Microsoft's recent push into the hybrid cloud space, along with Azure Stack, which is created to bring all the benefits of the Azure public cloud platform on customers' own equipment.

Those who don't want semiannual updates for some reason can stick with Windows Server 2016, which Microsoft treats as its "Long-Term Servicing Channel" release, noting it's supported for 10 years - up to 16 years, in fact, for those with Premium Assurance. Microsoft is recommending customers to deploy the Server Core installation option, which includes all the roles and features.

In addition to these changes, they are also re-defining Nano Server and to some extent, Server Core, to better align the swim lanes where each product resides.

The patches will be made available on Microsoft's Download Centre or Windows Update.

Talking about containers, Microsoft also today announced that its Nano Server, the slimmed down version of Windows Server for cloud-native workloads and especially for running containers, is getting even slimmer.

As part of this new rapid release cycle, Microsoft is going to provide a Windows Insider Program for Windows Server to allow organizations to test pre-releases of the server software and provide feedback to Microsoft as it is developed. The upcoming update will shrink the size of Nano Server images by more than 50 percent, further decreasing startup times and improving container density.

Windows Server users will get an opportunity to choose when they wish to update their operating system. There is also a "preview" channel. That platform is the only choice for when you need a server operating system that has a desktop experience which is typically used for legacy applications or those that still require a GUI interface.