There’s a treat on the way for developers who make use of Windows Server, and it’ll be happening during the Microsoft Ignite event early in this coming September. The new update will bring a suite of new changes to Windows Server, and comes in the wake of a new Insider build that launched just a short while ago.
In a new blog post on the Windows Server blog, Microsoft confirmed that the next release of the server operating system will be labeled Windows Server version 1709, and it will officially launch at Ignite 2017. The major release “builds on the innovation in Windows Server 2016,” with a better focus on application innovation and security. Additionally, Windows Server will adopt the same release cycle as Windows 10 with the same two channels:
- Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) – this is business as usual with 5 years of mainstream support and 5 years of extended support. You’ll have the option to upgrade to the next LTSC release every 2-3 years the same way folks have for the last 20 years
- For those of you who want to innovate faster and take advantage of new features sooner, we are adding the Semi-annual Channel. The Semi-Annual Channel is a Software Assurance benefit and is fully supported in production. The difference is that it is supported for 18 months and there will be a new version every six months.
Microsoft is planning a series of blog posts to prepare developers for these changes ahead of the release of Windows Server version 1709 in September. We invite you to add the Windows Server blog to your bookmarks if you want to learn more details about security, Software-defined datacenter and management.