Feature Release Schedule and Lifecycles

Updated

Feature releases (formerly called "service packs") have a release schedule, release types, and a release lifecycle.

Release Schedule

Feature release

Lifecycle phase

Release date

End of life date

11.25

Technology preview

September 15, 2021

September 15, 2022

11.24 (Long Term Support)

General availability

June 15, 2021

June 15, 2024

11.23

General availability

March 15, 2021

March 15, 2022

11.22

General availability

December 15, 2020

March 15, 2022

11.21 (Retiring)

General availability

September 15, 2020

December 15, 2021

11.20 (Long Term Support)

General availability

June 15, 2020

June 15, 2025

11.19

End of life

March 15, 2020

June 15, 2021

Service Pack 18

End of life

December 15, 2019

March 15, 2021

Service Pack 17

End of life

September 15, 2019

December 15, 2020

Service Pack 16 (Long Term Support)

General availability

June 15, 2019

June 15, 2024

Service Pack 15

End of life

March 15, 2019

June 15, 2020

Service Pack 14

End of life

December 15, 2018

March 15, 2020

Release Types

Release type

Release frequency

Lifecycle

Feature release

Once every quarter

One (1) year from initial release.

Long-term support (LTS) feature release

Once every year

Three (3) years from initial release, with monthly maintenance releases for year 1 and year 2, and then as needed.

Release Lifecycle

Lifecycle phase

Description

Maintenance releases?

Technology preview

Suitable for POCs and new customer installations

Yes, monthly

General availability

Upgrading is not required, but you may upgrade to take advantage of new features

Yes, monthly

End of life

Prepare to upgrade to the most recent LTS release

No