Microsoft announces Windows Server 2019, the first preview build of its Windows Server that will be generally available in the second half of the year 2018.
The company said on Tuesday, March 20, that it will be launching the next version with better support for hybrid workloads, hyper-converged infrastructure, and Linux workloads. Until then you can access preview build through Windows Insiders, an open software testing program by Microsoft.
Windows Server 2019 will be the successor of Windows Server 2016, which was launched in October 2016. Windows Server 2016 has seen a great success in customer adoption and it is the fastest adopted version ever!
Windows Server is expected to come with the next feature update called 1809 in October 2018.
The new version will be a Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) release with that the Microsoft has already committed.
With Windows Server 2019, it will be easy to integrate Microsoft cloud services like Azure File Sync, Azure Backup, and disaster recovery. The customers will be able to purchase these services without disrupting their applications and infrastructure.
Interested developers and administrators will have new features. Microsoft said that it is updating the popular Kubernetes open source container orchestration software with this new release to get a new experience on top of Windows Server as well as improving Linux workloads.
Microsoft also said, “We are embedding Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection into Windows Server 2019, which is supposed to help its customers more easily discover and remediate security breaches before they turn into massive problems.