Microsoft presents new support plans for Windows Server


Beginning with Windows Server 2022, Microsoft will no longer provide semi-annual channel releases of Windows Server. Instead, in the future, there will only be Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) versions of Windows Server, which will get 10 years of support (five mainstream and five extended), according to one. new maintenance update for the product released on July 26.

Microsoft officials have previously said they expect Windows Server 2022, designated as an LTSC release, to be released in the second half of the 2021 schedule. The product is already “finished” but is currently in testing with OEM partners and available. for customers who wish to evaluate it. .

Semi-annual channel updates Windows Server will end with Windows Server version 20H2, which Microsoft made available to customers in October 2020. Semi-Annual Channel Updates are intended for customers who want to try out the latest innovations for Server. So far, Microsoft has released these updates twice a year.

“The Semi-Annual Channel in previous versions of Windows Server focused on containers and microservices, and this innovation will continue with Azure Stack HCI,” officials said.

Microsoft plans to continue to release new versions of Windows Server every two or three years. These will all be referred to as LTSC versions and will have 10-year support, according to the blog.

I asked Microsoft officials if the company intends to continue offering Windows Server to Insider testers or if this program has ended. Microsoft has almost never released release notes for quite some time now when making Insider builds of Server available to testers. So far, no news from the company.

Update (July 28): A spokesperson said, “At this time, Microsoft has nothing to share” regarding the future of the Server Insider program.

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced a change in its maintenance plans for Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC, where new versions of this product will only get five years of total support instead of 10 years. The next version of Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC is scheduled for this fall, in conjunction with Windows 10 version 21H2.

(Thanks to for the pointer to the blog post on Microsoft’s Change in Maintenance Plans for Windows Server.)

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