Microsoft won’t ship new releases of Exchange Server or SharePoint Server until sometime next year, the company indicated late in March.
The notice news comes from Jeff Teper, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of the Office Service and Servers group, in an announcement. Microsoft’s current server releases are Exchange Server 2013 and SharePoint Server 2013. Teper said nothing about the next Office release. Veteran Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley indicated that the next Office product also will appear in 2015.
The expectation that new server products might be released in 2014 comes from Microsoft’s new accelerated release cycle. The company now tends to release new server and operating system software products on an annual basis, instead of once every three years. Typically, the releases are “cloud first,” which means that updates arrive faster to Office 365 hosted solutions (Exchange Online, Lync Online and SharePoint Online) than they do to Microsoft’s server products installed on premises.