I recently wrote about the upcoming Windows 11 release scheduled for later this year. Along with Windows 11, Microsoft will be releasing the next generation server operating system, Windows Server 2022. This release is now in preview for Windows Insider members.
Several security enhancements will be included in the release such as:
- Secured core server includes a set of drivers for hardware and firmware along with virtualization-based security and a number of other measures affecting hardware and hypervisor related vulnerabilities and concerns
- HTTPS and TLS 1.3 are now enabled by default, eliminating outdated cryptographic algorithms
- Encrypted DNS keeps name resolution traffic private by using HTTPS
- SMB AES-256 encryption enables more advanced cryptography when connecting to other computers that support the algorithms, and can be enforced with Group Policy
Azure hybrid capabilities will allow management of servers hosted outside of Azure using tools from within Azure. A hybrid machine (with the Azure Connected Machine agent) connected to Azure becomes a connected machine within Azure, giving it a resource ID and resource group. Organizations can then use Azure Arc to simplify the management of the environment through a single pane of glass.
Included are several enhancements for running Windows Containers and using Kubernetes. Among them container image size will be reduced by as much as 40% with startup time improvements of 30% and greater performance overall.
Microsoft's Edge browser takes over as the default browser for Windows server, finally replacing IE once and for all.
Storage migration including user and group storage, Linux server storage, etc. becomes easier with Windows enhanced Storage Migration Service.
Detail on other features and much more information is available from Microsoft on What's new in Windows Server 2022.
Our team is looking forward to spinning up this latest server operating system and running validation tests on it with our Portals, self-service, application-server software.
All good things...
It seems like a long time since its release in 2015 that Windows 10 has been the predominant desktop OS. And, it was certainly welcome relief to its predecessor, Windows 8. But as they say, all good things must come to an end, and that time is approaching for Windows 10.
Later this year, Windows 11 will make its debut as an upgrade to supported Windows 10 systems and will begin shipping on new devices.
What's new with Windows 11?
For starters, there will be a new taskbar and start button. The task bar will be centered rather than left justified and selection of the start button will reveal a new menu with a search dialog at the top, pinned icons below that, recently opened apps and documents below the pinned icons and the user and power buttons at the bottom.
Windows 11 Start Menu
Apparently File Explorer gets refreshed with a slightly new, but very familiar look.
Windows 11 File Explorer
The Settings app on the other hand will be completely revamped.
Numerous other enhancements will be included such as the way windows are arranged, improvements to the Microsoft Store which may help increase the number of apps available in the store and the entire look and feel of the operating system with new colors and icons.
You will also be able to run Android apps on Windows 11, out of the box, with a new Windows Subsystem for Android, something like the Windows Subsystem for Linux which is included with Windows 10. More info about running
Android on Windows 11 can be found here.
Windows shortcut Win + C, or clicking on the chat icon in the new taskbar will open the new Chat app which is part of the new Teams Experience for Windows 11. Users will be able to connect with others for individual or group chats. In the near future Microsoft intends to enable audio and video calling with screen sharing, Teams meetings and more.