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System Center / Windows Server

Microsoft Moves to Make System Center and Windows Server Follow Semi-annual Update Strategy

First Microsoft began delivering frequent updates to Windows 10. Then, it backed off a bit and promised only two big updates per calendar year. Then, the System Center Configuration Manager team took up the policy and began delivering constant features and bug fix updates, turning management of corporate resources into a whirlwind of capabilities.

Now, Microsoft has announced that both Windows Server and System Center (the non-Configuration Manager areas) will also follow suit and align directly with Windows and Office Semi-annual Channel release cycle. The new release cycle revolves around…

  • Two updates a year. Semi-annual feature updates targeted for March and September.
  • 18 months of support. Extended support period for semi-annual feature updates from 12 to 18 months (starting from the initial release) so IT professionals can choose to update once or twice a year.


Official announcements:

Delivering continuous innovation with Windows Server
Frequent, continuous releases coming for System Center

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