Microsoft is quietly rolling out Windows Server 2022 ahead of Windows 11
San Francisco: Ahead of the official launch of Windows 11 this year, Microsoft is quietly rolling out the next long-term version of Windows Server, known as Windows Server 2022, for mainstream users.
Windows Server 2022 is available in Standard, Datacenter, and Datacenter: Azure Edition variants.
Its primary end date is October 13, 2026 and its extended end date is October 14, 2031, the company said.
The LTSC (Long Term Servicing Channel) edition offers five years of standard support and a decade of extended support.
Microsoft plans to release new versions of Windows Server every two to three years.
Windows Server 2022 is presented as version 21H2 like Windows 10.
New features in Windows Server 2022 included nested virtualization on AMD processors, DNS over HTTPS, and strong encryption for SMB.
The tech giant has started testing its new Office UI, designed to complement Windows 11, with rounded corners and subtle changes.
The main changes are a rounded look to the Office Ribbon bar, with subtle adjustments to some of the buttons in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
Windows 11 will provide a “quiet, creative space where you can pursue your passions through a new experience.”
“From a rejuvenated Start menu to new ways to connect with your favorite people, news, games and content, Windows 11 is the place to think, express and create naturally,” according to Microsoft.