Microsoft Launches Windows Server 2016 at Ignite
Among the highlights, Microsoft officially launches the server software during its Ignite conference and scores a major new cloud partner.Microsoft kicked off its Ignite 2016 conference in Atlanta today, and much like last year's event, enabling businesses to make a digital transformation emerged as a major theme. One way the Redmond, Wash., software giant believes it can help organizations along their digital transformation journey is with the latest release of its cloud-friendly server system software. As promised earlier this summer, Microsoft today announced the official launch of Windows Server 2016, with general availability to occur next month. Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of the Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise Group, called the system software "a major enhancement of Windows Server" during a keynote address. "It's cloud-ready and incorporates a lot of the deep learning that we've had running our own cloud with Azure, including the core capabilities that you need to run a software-defined data center." Customers can now download evaluation copies of Windows 2016 and System Center 2016, also launched today. General availability is scheduled for mid-October, at which time volume license customers can download fully licensed copies.
On the security front, Microsoft announced an array of new services, including a virtualization-based, secure web browser technology for Microsoft Edge called Windows Defender Application Guard. By employing isolated containers in hardware, the feature blocks malware from spreading between devices and across corporate networks. Windows Defender Application Guard will be available on Windows 10 Enterprise next year.