Windows Server also drops bi-annual updates

Windows Server

Like Windows 10, Windows Server also used to receive bi-annual updates. But Microsoft is all set to change that with the upcoming release of Windows Server 2022.

Redmond did this earlier this month for the mainline version of its operating system, promising that one new version of Windows 11 will launch every year.

And now it has done the same for the server flavor of the OS.

The software titan revealed this yesterday, confirming that it is dropping the Semi-Annual Channel for the server version of its operating platform. The Long-Term Servicing Channel will become the primary channel for major release of the server OS, every 2-3 years.

ZDNet also covered this important change in its report, talking about how the LTSC channel will provide customers with a longer servicing option with 5 years of mainstream support and 5 years of extended support.

As the company explained:

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

Windows Server version 20H2, the latest release in the Semi-Annual Channel will be supported until May 10, 2022, so there is a bit of time before the new norm.

The next LTSC release of the server operating system is Windows Server 2022, and it is on track for launch later this year alongside Windows 10 version 21H2, the next Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC release, and Windows 11, the next major version of the company’s flagship operating system.

Stars are aligning, as the saying goes.