Windows Server will no longer get bi-annual updates

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Just like Windows 10, Windows Server used to receive bi-annual updates, but Microsoft will soon change that with the upcoming Windows Server 2022. Indeed, the company announced yesterday that it was dropping its Semi-Annual Channel for Windows Server, with the Long-Term Servicing Channel to become the primary channel providing new major releases for the server OS every 2 or three years (via ZDNet).

“The Semi-Annual Channel in previous versions of Windows Server focused on containers and microservices, and that innovation will continue with Azure Stack HCI,” the company explained yesterday. Windows Server version 20H2, the latest release coming from the Semi-Annual channel will be supported until May 10, 2022, but going forward the Long-Term Servicing channel will provide customers a longer servicing option with 5 years of mainstream support and 5 years of extended support.

Windows Server 2022, the next LTSC release of the server OS is expected to be released later this year alongside Windows 10 version 21H2, the next Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC release, and the brand new Windows 11 that Microsoft has started testing with Insiders in the Dev Channel.