Windows Server to copy Windows 10, get twice-yearly feature updates

Rows of Open Compute Project racks in a Facebook data center. (credit: Facebook)

The way Microsoft updates Windows Server 2016 is going to get a bit of a shake-up as Microsoft continues to unify its Windows development and deliver new features on a regular basis.

Just as is already the case with Windows 10 and Office, Windows Server is going to receive twice-yearly feature updates.

This new policy addresses one of the big unknowns of Microsoft’s unified Windows development. The desktop version of Windows 10 has picked up, for example, new features for the Hyper-V virtualization platform; these are features that server operators might well want. Putting those Windows 10 features in the hands of desktop users is straightforward, as they can just be put into one of the twice-annual feature updates. But until now, Microsoft hadn’t said how Windows Server users would be able to get their hands on the same new capabilities.

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