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Microsoft Adds 9 Months to Windows Server 2012 Support

Windows Server 2012 users have a few extra months to take advantage of Microsoft's "extended support" coverage, according to a recent change in Microsoft's Lifecycle Policy page.

Microsoft Starts Selling 'Premium Assurance' for SQL Server, Windows Server

Organizations anticipating difficulties in carrying out future Windows Server or SQL Server upgrades can now purchase insurance-type plans from Microsoft.

Microsoft Commits to SDN with Windows Server 2016

In a sign that the "software-defined" movement has gone mainstream, Microsoft is touting its latest server OS as the perfect platform for running a software-defined datacenter (SDDC).

Microsoft Releases Windows Server 2016 Essentials

Microsoft's Windows Server 2016 Essentials product is now generally available (GA), the company said Tuesday.

Google Adds Windows Server 2016 to Its VM Lineup

Google has expanded its datacenter service offerings to include Windows Server 2016 instances, the search giant announced Monday.

Microsoft Releases Windows Server 2016, System Center 2016

Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 are now generally available (GA), Microsoft announced Wednesday.

New Update Model for Windows 7/8.1 Coming Next Week

The first monthly cumulative updates to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will arrive on Oct. 11, signaling a sea change in how Microsoft delivers its patches and OS updates.

Microsoft 'Launches' Next-Gen Windows Server, System Center at Ignite

Microsoft shined the spotlight on its forthcoming enterprise products on Monday at the Ignite conference, taking place this week in Atlanta, Ga.

Microsoft Talks Up Windows Server 2016 Performance Gains

Microsoft is stumping for Windows Server 2016 ahead of its debut next month at the Ignite conference. This week, the company touted the new server's technical performance specs compared to the current crop of Windows Server offerings.

Windows 7 and 8.1 To Follow Windows 10's Model of Monthly Updates

Starting this fall, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs will switch to a monthly update model that's similar to what Microsoft has implemented with Windows 10.

Microsoft Restores Original Support Policies for Windows 7/8.1 PCs

Microsoft this week said that it is reinstating its original support policies for Intel "Skylake"-based Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 systems, adding several years to their respective support lifecycles.

Microsoft Adds Windows Server 2012 Support to Server Management Tools

Support for Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 is now included in Microsoft's emerging Server Management Tools (SMT) suite, the company said this week.

Windows Server 2016, System Center 2016 Getting Ignite Release

The next-gen versions of Microsoft's Windows Server and System Center products will reach general availability at the Ignite conference this September, the company said Tuesday.

Microsoft Gives 1-Year Reprieve for Windows PCs Running Skylake

Microsoft is adding one more year to the support lifetimes of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices running Intel Skylake, the company said Friday.

Microsoft's Support Changes Impact Windows Embedded, Too

Since Microsoft announced last month that it was truncating its software lifecycle support policies for Intel Skylake-based client PCs running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, there have been questions about what the changes mean for other systems running those processors -- including Windows Embedded 7/8.1 devices or Windows Server 2012 servers.