Semi annual update channel for Windows Server 2016

[German]Microsoft announced this week some changes for Windows Server 2016. There will be an Insider Preview program for Windows Server 2016. And there will be a new 'Semi-annual Channel' releases updates twice a year.


Within the document Windows Server Semi-annual Channel Overview has detailed the planned changes to Windows Server 2016. Windows Server release model is offering a new option in order to align with similar release and servicing models for Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus.

A new Semi-annual Channel

The Semi-annual Channel releases, available for volume license customers, will deliver new functionality twice a year, in spring and fall. Each release in this channel will be supported for 18 months from the initial release.

Long-term Servicing Channel

This is the release model already knows for Windows Server 2016, where a new major version is released every 2-3 years. Users are entitled to 5 years of mainstream support, 5 years of extended support. And there are optionally 6 more years with Premium Assurance. The following image shows the release cycles for the two channels.

(Source Microsoft)

Windows Insider Program

Microsoft also announced a Insider Program for Windows Server 2016 suitable form developers and IT professionals.

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