Microsoft shares more information about what’s new in Windows Server 2022
Microsoft has been testing its next version of Windows Server since last year as part of the Insider testing program. Despite releasing regular server test builds, Microsoft officials very rarely provide public information about features and updates for these server test builds. But, on March 2, officials shared the features of this upcoming version of Windows Server more publicly.
As officials announced a year ago, this next release of Windows Server will be the next Windows Server Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) release and will be available to mainstream users “in late 2021.” The most recent LTSC release of Server was Windows Server 2019. LTSC releases of Server receive security updates for ten years and do not receive feature updates by design.
On the first day of its virtual Ignite 2021 spring conference on March 2, officials released a list of new features that would be part of Windows Server 2022. Users will be able to:
- Easily apply advanced multi-layered threat protection with a secure server.
- Secure connectivity to critical business assets with an additional layer of security during transport, including support for HTTPS and TLS 1.3 enabled by default.
- Manage and govern Windows Server on-premises with Azure Arc
- Get better virtual machine management with the latest Windows Admin Center.
- Migrate on-premises file servers to Azure with the new supported scenario in Storage Migration Service.
- Improve container application deployment with smaller image size for faster download and easier network policy enforcement.
- Update .NET applications with the new containerization tool in Windows Admin Center.
Windows Insiders can download preview builds of Windows Server 2022 and run them locally or try the preview hosted in Azure.
A spokesperson declined to provide additional/new information on when Microsoft plans to release Windows Server 2022 to the general public beyond “later this year”.