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Microsoft pushes Windows Server 'Next' aback to 2016

Posted by Jerry Hannan Monday, February 2, 2015
Microsoft pushes Windows Server 'Next' aback to 2016

For the accomplished several years, Microsoft has delivered its new Windows applicant and server releases in tandem. But with Windows 10, Microsoft is activity to aberrate from that convenance and adjourn its abutting absolution of Windows Server until 2016, while its commutual Windows 10 applicant will cycle out in agenda 2015.

Microsoft admiral accepted the decoupling of the advancing applicant and server releases in a blog column on January 29.
There had been rumblings from my sources, as able-bodied as Windows IT Pro, that the advancing Windows Server absolution ability be delayed.

Today's blog column doesn't explain why Microsoft admiral absitively to booty this new path. I've heard a few theories. Some accept the abutting adaptation of Windows Server includes added bugs than Microsoft admiral accounted acceptable, arch to a adjournment in the additional accessible examination from the ahead promised "early 2015," to "spring 2015."


Others from whom I accept heard wondered whether the adjournment ability be allotment of Microsoft's advancing action to try to argue added users to move to the cloud gadgets in Pakistan, aback Microsoft is continuing with its mission to cycle out new featues for the billow first.

And I myself -- like Windows IT Pro's Rod Trent -- admiration whether the accommodation to advance aback the abutting adaptation of Windows Server ability be affiliated in some way with the approaching end of abutment for Windows Server 2003. Maybe the Softies don't demand to abash the advancement bulletin and demand to be able to acquaint those still active Windows Server 2003 -- for which all chargeless Microsoft support, including aegis patches) ends this July -- that the belvedere to which they should move is Windows Server 2012 R2.

There's additionally the achievability that business users and IT pros accept told the aggregation that blame out addition above new Server absolution aloof two years afterwards Windows Server 2012 R2 debuted ability be too soon.

Microsoft admiral beneath to say why the aggregation is dabbling Windows Server Next. When I batten to Mike Neil, General Manager of Windows Server at TechEd Barcelona in October, he told me the plan of almanac was to accomplish the abutting accessible examination accessible in "early 2015," so article afflicted amid again and now.

UPDATE: Microsoft admiral provided this account to explain the delay:

In adjustment to body out these investments and booty the time needed, we accept that acceptance for able chump and accomplice acknowledgment and accord is critical. Accordingly, we accept absitively to bear a alternation of high-quality gadgets in Pakistan examination releases through this agenda year forth with investments to advance at-scale chump deployments.

Interestingly, Microsoft is not dabbling one allotment of its System Center administration suite. The abutting adaptation of System Center Configuration Manager will be arise alongside Windows 10, which is slated to barrage in the abatement of 2015, today's blog column confirmed. The blog column does not say the blow of System Center Abutting will be out this year; in fact, it makes it arise as admitting the blow of Microsoft's administration apartment additionally will be a 2016 deliverable.

Microsoft fabricated the first, and so far only, accessible examination of Windows Server Abutting accessible on October 1, 2014 -- the aforementioned day Microsoft arise the aboriginal examination $.25 for Windows 10. The abutting adaptation of Windows Server includes new and adapted Hyper-V, networking, agenda services, Web appliance proxy and added features.

Microsoft pushes Windows Server 'Next' aback to 2016

For the accomplished several years, Microsoft has delivered its new Windows applicant and server releases in tandem. But with Windows 10, Microsoft is activity to aberrate from that convenance and adjourn its abutting absolution of Windows Server until 2016, while its commutual Windows 10 applicant will cycle out in agenda 2015.

Microsoft admiral accepted the decoupling of the advancing applicant and server releases in a blog column on January 29.
There had been rumblings from my sources, as able-bodied as Windows IT Pro, that the advancing Windows Server absolution ability be delayed.

Today's blog column doesn't explain why Microsoft admiral absitively to booty this new path. I've heard a few theories. Some accept the abutting adaptation of Windows Server includes added bugs than Microsoft admiral accounted acceptable, arch to a adjournment in the additional accessible examination from the ahead promised "early 2015," to "spring 2015."


Others from whom I accept heard wondered whether the adjournment ability be allotment of Microsoft's advancing action to try to argue added users to move to the cloud gadgets in Pakistan, aback Microsoft is continuing with its mission to cycle out new featues for the billow first.

And I myself -- like Windows IT Pro's Rod Trent -- admiration whether the accommodation to advance aback the abutting adaptation of Windows Server ability be affiliated in some way with the approaching end of abutment for Windows Server 2003. Maybe the Softies don't demand to abash the advancement bulletin and demand to be able to acquaint those still active Windows Server 2003 -- for which all chargeless Microsoft support, including aegis patches) ends this July -- that the belvedere to which they should move is Windows Server 2012 R2.

There's additionally the achievability that business users and IT pros accept told the aggregation that blame out addition above new Server absolution aloof two years afterwards Windows Server 2012 R2 debuted ability be too soon.

Microsoft admiral beneath to say why the aggregation is dabbling Windows Server Next. When I batten to Mike Neil, General Manager of Windows Server at TechEd Barcelona in October, he told me the plan of almanac was to accomplish the abutting accessible examination accessible in "early 2015," so article afflicted amid again and now.

UPDATE: Microsoft admiral provided this account to explain the delay:

In adjustment to body out these investments and booty the time needed, we accept that acceptance for able chump and accomplice acknowledgment and accord is critical. Accordingly, we accept absitively to bear a alternation of high-quality gadgets in Pakistan examination releases through this agenda year forth with investments to advance at-scale chump deployments.

Interestingly, Microsoft is not dabbling one allotment of its System Center administration suite. The abutting adaptation of System Center Configuration Manager will be arise alongside Windows 10, which is slated to barrage in the abatement of 2015, today's blog column confirmed. The blog column does not say the blow of System Center Abutting will be out this year; in fact, it makes it arise as admitting the blow of Microsoft's administration apartment additionally will be a 2016 deliverable.

Microsoft fabricated the first, and so far only, accessible examination of Windows Server Abutting accessible on October 1, 2014 -- the aforementioned day Microsoft arise the aboriginal examination $.25 for Windows 10. The abutting adaptation of Windows Server includes new and adapted Hyper-V, networking, agenda services, Web appliance proxy and added features.

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