Microsoft last month abandoned a four-year experiment during which it delivered multiple updates to Windows Server each year and will instead re-employ the upgrade-every-few-years practice it had codified for decades.
The change was the Redmond, Wash. company’s greatest retreat yet from the accelerated release and upgrade regime of Windows, which it adopted first for the nameplate’s client software and then later for Server.
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“Starting with Windows Server 2022 there is one primary release channel available, the Long-Term Servicing Channel,” Microsoft explained in documentation on Windows Server release tempo. “With the Long-Term Servicing Channel, a new major version of Windows Server is released every 2-3 years. Users are entitled to 5 years of mainstream support and 5 years of extended support.”