Microsoft has revealed plans to speed up their Windows server twice each year - once in the spring and again in the fall, using the same rhythmic timing of the releases of both Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus. Analysts in the technology field say Microsoft must prove it can pull off sustained rapid release - "but if they don't, they don't."
Missing a Windows Server deadline would have the same kind of domino effect that balking at a Windows 10 release would produce. If Microsoft pushed back upgrade dates after a delayed release, the March-and-September scheme and synchronization with Windows 10 would collapse. But if Microsoft only resumed the tempo with the next slated release, the late upgrade would have to have its support curtailed if Microsoft intends to keep a consistent schedule.
Meanwhile, last year's Windows Server 2016 will be maintained with regular security and non-security updates, and will not be enhanced with new features and functionality. The faster tempo lets aggressive customers "have their cake and eat it, too."
"What seems to be changing about Microsoft is that it's willing to make a difference much faster, to be ready to make mistakes, then to change again. That's going to be good for them going forward."