Microsoft last week retreated from a core update practice for System Center, saying it is dropping Semi-Annual Channel (SAC) feature upgrades for the company's enterprise suite of client and server management tools.

Instead, System Center 2019 – the next iteration of the toolset, slated to ship later this month – will be available only as a Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) release. Microsoft said it's changing when System Center is refreshed "to optimize the way we are delivering new features."

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SAC and LTSC are terms in the release cadence Microsoft has adopted for much of its software, including Windows, Windows Server and System Center.

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