Windows Server 2022 is now available to everyone

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Windows Server 2022, the latest version of Microsoft’s server operating system is now generally available. This new release marks the end of the biannual releases of the channel for Windows Server, with Microsoft now committing to release new releases of the Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) every two to three years.

As the latest version of LTSC, Windows Server 2022 will get five years of general support plus five additional years of extended support until October 14, 2031. The server operating system is available in Standard, Datacenter and Datacenter: Azure Edition, and it brings new security, management and integration features Azure hybrid.

New security features in Windows Server 2022 include secure-core servers, which use hardware, firmware, and operating system capabilities to create a secure platform for critical applications and data used on servers. the new server operating system also provides secure connectivity by enabling HTTPS and TLS 1.3 by default, as well as AES-256 encryption for the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol.

With the new built-in Azure hybrid capabilities, customers can also take advantage of Azure Arc to connect on-premises and multicloud Windows servers to Azure. Windows Admin Center also gives administrators an improved server management experience with a new event viewer and controls over new Secured-core features.

Windows Server 2022 is available for download to customers on the Volume Licensing Service Center, but it is also possible to try the OS in Azure on the Windows Server Assessment Center. Microsoft plans to share more details about Windows Server 2022 on September 16, 2021 at the Windows Server Summit. You can already register for the digital event on this page.

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