The second tech preview of Windows Server 2016 due in May

The second tech preview of Windows Server 2016 due in May

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Microsoft officials confirm the company will deliver the second tech preview of Windows Server 2016 in May.

Windows Server 2016

It’s been months — six, in fact — since Microsoft released a new test build of its next version of Windows Server.

Last we heard from company officials, Microsoft planned to deliver its second test build some time in the spring of 2015. That was after the Windows Server team decided to delay the release of the next version of server until 2016, and to hold off on releasing a second public test build of it at the start of 2015, as had been the original plan.

The first, and so far only, public Windows Server 2016 test build, was released October 1, 2014.

As Windows IT Pro noted earlier this week, the current expiration date for the first public preview of Windows Server 2016 is April 15. Will Microsoft beat its own expiration clock? Will it extend the expiration date?

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When I asked about the looming expiration date, a Microsoft spokesperson sent the following statement:

One contact of mine had said Microsoft may end up extending the access to the current Windows Server 2016 tech preview until April 30, and release a second public test build shortly thereafter. But today’s comment from Microsoft makes it clear there won’t be any gap between the expiration date and the availability of the second preview.

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