What a great day! Back in June, we announced Windows Server was joining the Semi-Annual Channel release cadence to deliver innovation at a faster pace. At Ignite, we announced Windows Server, version 1709, the first release in this new model, and today you can start using it!
Azure customers can deploy Windows Server, version 1709 based on the image in the Azure Marketplace. Software Assurance customers can download Windows Server, version 1709 from the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) portal. If you run virtual machines in a hosted environment you can also check the images that your service provider made available.
Windows Server, version 1709 is only the first step in this new world of faster release cadences. The most important aspect of having new releases twice a year is customer feedback will shape the product. You can try the next set of preview builds of Windows Server in the Semi-Annual Channel and provide feedback by joining the Windows Insiders program. You can also join the conversation in the Microsoft Tech Community where we have tons of professionals and experts sharing their learnings and answering questions.