Windows Server Support Life Cycle and Hosting Rules

Customers will increasingly find themselves wedged between support life cycles that limit how long they can run a product and licensing terms that clearly favor Azure.

Windows Server 2022, the latest version of Windows Server shown at the top of the chart, is encumbered by the new dedicated hosting rules that favor Azure over Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Alibaba.

The two highlighted versions in the center of the chart have both a good support runway and licenses that are not encumbered with poor dedicated hosting rules.

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