Windows Server Insider Previews pulled as Windows 11 progresses

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Microsoft has announcement Windows Server Insider Preview builds are currently on hold. This means that there will be nothing new for a little while as the team “prepares for the next development cycle”. Not only that, but the current version of Windows Server Insider Preview, build 20344 has been pulled from the download page.

The next development cycle, of course, is Windows 11. Here’s how it goes. Microsoft is still working on Windows Server 2022. Just because the preview builds are gone doesn’t mean the thing they were working on is gone. There will also still be a semi-annual release on the channel later this year. But now that Windows Insiders is testing a client version of Windows 11, part of that is going to mean the end of the server.

We’ve seen it before, where Windows Server 2016 was built around Windows 10 and Windows Server 2012 was built around Windows 8. They even share a lot of the same UX. Although Microsoft has neither confirmed nor denied this, it is entirely possible that Windows Server 2022 has Windows 11 UX.

Another thing that is possible, even probable, is that the semi-annual canal will go away. The Windows 11 client will be updated annually, instead of semi-annually like Windows 10. The reason is that this allows more stable updates for businesses. Doing two updates a year just didn’t work. Since the client is making this change, it would be surprising if the server does not do the same.

You can expect to hear more about Windows Server Insider previews soon, but Microsoft has a lot to say first. He’s got to unveil the new version, talk about how he’s going to update in the future, and so on. After all of this, you can expect to see new preview versions.

Once available, you can download them here. At the moment, the drop-down menu has only one item that says: “Preview builds are temporarily on hold.”


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