The Microsoft developer team, together with members of the Insider test programme, have been working diligently since last year to bring us the next version of Windows Server – the 2022 edition.
Although releasing test builds of Windows Server is a regular practice, Microsoft officials tend to be tight-lipped about the features and updates.
However, for the next release of Windows Server, which is due out later this year, Microsoft has unveiled a list of new features.
The upcoming release is going to be an important milestone as it is the next Windows Server Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) release.
At present, the latest LTSC release is Windows Server 2019.
If you have one of these versions, you are guaranteed to be covered by 10 years of updates – however, the releases are excluded from receiving feature updates by design.
On 2nd March, as part of the virtual spring Ignite 2021 conference, Microsoft unveiled the new features for Windows Server 2022 – these will allow users to:
- Apply advanced multi-layer protection against cyber threats.
- Manage the machine better through the latest Windows Admin Center.
- Streamline .NET application updates through the containerisation tool accessible through the Windows Admin Center.
- Migrate from on-premises to Azure with a new supported scenario in Storage Migration Service.
- Benefit from the improved connectivity security when it comes to the transport of business-critical assets (this includes HTTPS and TLS 1.3 support, enabled by default).
- Utilise the improved container application deployment thanks to smaller image sizes, allowing for simpler network policy implementation and faster download speeds.
- Govern and manager their Windows Server on-premises via Azure Arc.
To get a taste of the new features, Windows Insiders can either try the preview hosted in Azure or download the preview builds.