Well the new edition of Windows Server is now imminent - Microsoft have announced its GA for the second part of 2018 - with innovations across four key areas being Hybrid cloud, Cyber-Security, Application Platform and Hyper-converged infrastructure, all built upon the popular, solid foundation of Windows Server 2016.
So what does that all mean?
Hybrid cloud brings the management of servers across on-premise and Azure together with the Server Manager first demonstrated at Ignite in September 2017.
Cyber-Security takes on three themes of Protect, Detect and Respond, with the introduction of Shielded VM's to protect virtual machines from compromised or malicious administration, and Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection.
The Application Platform has improvements targeted at developers across Windows Server containers (including Kubernetes under beta) and Windows Subsystem on Linux that allows Linux containers to be run side-by-side with Windows containers.
And the Hyper-converged cloud solutions are designed for flexibility and scale to offer high performance, manageability and security as a fully-deployed configuration, all administered through the Server Manager.
From a licensing perspective Windows Server 2019 will follow the current per-core metric, and include full support for System Server clients (also to release as a 2019 edition).
If you'd like to see more you can access the preview build via Microsoft's excellent Insiders program which just requires a simple registration - access it here or if you'd just like some more information you can just check out the Release Notes.
Hard to believe 2019 is not too far away already ...