Launch of Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) for Windows Server

Long Term Servicing Channel – what is it all about? Microsoft worked according to the following basic principle: When selecting any server or group of servers, customers choose the model that best meets their current requirements. This usually remains the case, and for many customers, the frequency with which new models are introduced generally coincides with the cycle of volume license contracts, i.e., every three years. Customers might be happy to continue with this strategy.

But Microsoft sees things differently: The transformation, or shift to digital business – for example, using the cloud – is a dominant topic in all industries. In all industries, companies use the latest technology to set their products and services apart and stand out from the competition. Because applications are being replaced ever more frequently, Microsoft believes that operating systems should also keep up with this pace of change.

With Microsoft now also offering the Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) for Windows Server, Microsoft enables customers to respond more flexibly to the latest innovations. You can now use Windows Server features for specific server groups for six months. This includes, for example, born-in-the-cloud application servers, cloud-based workload servers, and, more generally, servers which are of interest to customers to support the latest hardware innovations.

Advantages

• Rapid deployment and hence fast use of the added value offered by new features, which is of particular interest in the areas of security, deployment, and administration.

• Direct integration of new cloud capabilities into all products to enable new scenarios and therefore also simplify processes in ongoing operations.

How it works

Windows 10 Current Branch is being replaced

Microsoft simplifies the release model for Windows 10 and repeales Current Branch for Business. Instead, Microsoft now offers the „semi-annual channel". In addition, the Long Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) is renamed to Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC).

In the future, all feature upgrades for Windows 10 will no longer be distributed every four months, but always every six months in March and September. This should provide a better predictability.

In the course of this, Microsoft also makes the Creators Update for Windows 10 now available to all users. For companies that have subscribed to the Current Branch for Business, the automatic distribution begins through the Windows Update.

With this change, Microsoft wants to improve the update cycle for this software with two feature updates per year for Windows 10, Office 365 ProPlus, System Center Configuration Manager, and Windows Server.

 

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