Cloud Platform Release Announcements for November 19, 2015

This is a blog post of a new ongoing series of consolidated updates from the Cloud Platform team.

In today’s mobile first, cloud first world, Microsoft provides the technologies and tools to enable enterprises to embrace a cloud culture. Our differentiated innovations, comprehensive mobile solutions and developer tools help all of our customers realize the true potential of the cloud first era.

You expect cloud-speed innovation from us, and we’re delivering across the breadth of our Cloud Platform product portfolio. Below is a consolidated list of our latest releases to help you stay current, with links to additional details if you’d like more information. In this update:

Announcing Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 for Technical Preview 4

Today, we’re excited to announce the next milestone for the 2016 wave of datacenter solutions with the release of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 Technical Preview 4. Learn more about the release in Mike Neil’s recent post on the Server & Cloud blog.

Speed is the new currency for IT, from infrastructure to apps. As IT is on a continual journey to deliver faster than ever before, new approaches need to be adopted to meet this requirement. Datacenters now must be optimized with cloud born technology, becoming fully software defined and adopting new platforms to push developer innovation.

Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 make it easier for customers to get the benefits of the software-defined datacenter, including increased flexibility across storage, networking, and compute resources. This software-defined approach offers the resilient infrastructure you need to support any workload, while maintaining security and compliance. At the application layer, new features like Windows Server Containers more options for modern apps and meeting developer needs at scale.

This latest preview includes multiple new features and enhancements designed to help you deliver on business requirements faster. A highlight of the build is the first public preview of Hyper-V Containers, a new deployment option for Windows Server Containers that gives customers increased isolation as they aggressively drive innovation.

Download Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4

Try System Center 2016 Technical Preview 4

Learn what’s new in Technical Preview 4