The first "Windows 12" version of Windows server has been released in the Canary Insider channel as Build 26040.

The first "Windows 12" version of Windows server has been released in the Canary Insider channel as Build 26040. Now called Windows Server 2025, it has a new installer and features a bloat free version of Windows 11's gui. Look for features in this build to become part of the client version of Windows 12.

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/windows-server-news-and-best/introducing-windows-server-2025/ba-p/4026374

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  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Can I set it up offline without having to frick with command prompt yet?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      The server version always just uses a standard Administrator account. Actual user accounts are handled by Active Directory.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >Active Directory
        Oh so to make it work, we'll need to frick around its stinky defaults

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Actual Active Directory? Or Entra, Microsofts old azure Active Directory, not to be confused with Endpoint or Intune 🙂

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Windows Server 2025
    >We just barely entered 2024

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      That is because they expect to be done with it in 2024

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Cool. How much would they pay if I found a bug on there?

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Windows 12 is just Windows 11
    They could've at least added a new wallpaper.

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Windows Server 2025 is driven by your feedback and your desire to embrace a hybrid, adaptive cloud
    I've never desired such a thing.

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    > server with a gui

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      that would be linux

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        You realize headless Goydows exists right?

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Eh, not really. Server Core is the only truly text mode version of Windows Server and I think that doesn't even run 99% of third party programs. You can basically only do Windows Server things with it like AD, DNS, DHCP, and other basics. Every other version of WS at least starts up dwm.exe and runs a virtual terminal.

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Next Generation Active Directory and SMB
    qrd? This interests me

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      i.e. cloud and onedrive with "AI".. Enjoy!

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      AD stuff is a nothing burger. it's just scaling improvements to take advantage of modern hardware. this was done because they host AD on a global scale (Azure AD). it's just stuff merged into the azure branch years ago slowly trickling down to "mainline".

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Windows 11 with a bunch of extra industry programs built in

    Woah.

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >bloat free version
    windows

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Great, the dickheads at work will be upgrading the servers within a week with zero regard for all the legacy applications that will no longer function on it.

    And if by some miracle they do, the security team are sure to put a stop to that.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I mean, that's what gives a job to people. If everything always works and nothing breaks, then there is no need for support.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >the security team are sure to put a stop to that.
      Depends on the org. Our security folks did a full scan of our internal networks to conduct a census of all machines hooked up internally. The list of different OSes was absolutely breathtaking. Almost every version of Windows built on NT was lurking around somewhere. All kinds of Linux variants and other *nixes including half a dozen running Irix. Some old OS/2 machines and even one machine running Microwave OS-9. It's going to take years to sort through it all and figure out what can be upgraded to a current version of Windows or Linux and what is scary legacy shit no one wants to touch so a bunch of firewalls will have to be erected around them.

  11. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >without the bloat
    I can see bloat in this very screenshot

  12. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The year is 2043, the Windows version is 29, there is still countless context menu design language spread around.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >muh context menu, goy
      all of them look good, go frick yourself

  13. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Windows
    >server
    chose one

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >she doesnt know

  14. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >without the bloat
    Why has it Edge installed?

  15. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    using windows 11 ui is a very bad idea for server. the windows 11 ui is very resource heavy and lags, especially on servers that will not have hardware acceleration. running RDS on this thing will be hell

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