Microsoft must prove that it's able to meet a faster Windows Server release schedule, an analyst said.

"We'll see if they can stick to it," said Jim Gaynor of Directions on Microsoft, about the changes to Windows Server's tempo. "At this point it's aspirational."

Two weeks ago, Microsoft revealed that it will issue upgrades for Windows Server twice each year, once in the spring and again in the fall. (The company implied it would deliver the upgrades in March and September, naming the first two 1709 and 1803 in its now-standard yymm fashion.) Windows Server's release cadence, then, would mimic that of Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus.

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