Windows Server and System Center to feature continuous releases

Microsoft has unveiled a new model for delivering continuous innovations in both Windows Server and System Center. Starting this fall, Microsoft will deliver two new feature updates for Windows Server and System Center each year, taking place in the spring and fall.

This new model is designed to help users take advantage of all the constantly evolving tech features and advancements. Here’s some more information from Microsoft about this new update model and how it can impact users of both Windows Server and System Center.

Semiannual Windows Server updates

The next Windows Server update, which will take place this fall, will also feature updates related to Nano Server and Server Core. So those items will also be included in the new semiannual update channel.

It’s also possible for organizations to select a long-term servicing channel. That essentially gives you the option to skip an update. But when you do select a future update, you’ll get all the features and upgrades that have been introduced since your last update.

Semiannual System Center updates

And the same is true for System Center. Microsoft plans to focus on the highest priority needs of customers across System Center components. The releases will be available for all System Center customers with active Software Assurance. But System Center Configuration Manager will continue to offer three releases each year so you can have access to all the latest updates for managing servers, PCs, and mobile devices.

The first release in this new updating schedule will take place this fall and will focus on a few different areas, including System Center Operations Manager, Virtual Machine Manager, and Data Protection Manager. It will also include enhancements in performance and usability, including expanded HTML5 dashboard for Operations Manager and faster performance for the Virtual Machine Manager Host Refresher.

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