Microsoft is rolling out an update to Windows Server 2016 that will make it easier for customers to use their new Windows 10 operating system to store and access files on servers and other devices.
The change is part of a broader effort to make it easy for Windows users to run their favorite software on cloud-based services.
The new version of Windows Server includes a new feature called Universal Windows Storage that is meant to be used on the Windows Server and the Azure cloud-services, Microsoft said in a blog post.
Universal Windows storage enables a user to create a local or remote copy of the same file or folder, using a remote server to access that copy from a network.
The server that the user is using can then download the file or download the copy to the cloud.
It also allows a user on the same computer to access files or folders stored locally.
The feature is available on Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2013 R2, and will roll out in a future update.
Microsoft says that customers using Universal Windows Server will not need to configure any of their systems for the new feature.
“You will no longer need to use the Windows Update Manager to install Universal Windows Services on your systems,” Microsoft wrote.
“In addition, Microsoft is adding support for Windows Server Universal Storage to the Windows 10 release.
This is a feature that you will be able to use in your own systems in the future.”
Microsoft said that Universal Windows Service will be used to run software from the Azure Marketplace on Windows 10 systems, as well as on the PC and on Azure machines.
This could include virtual machines that run the same software as Windows 10 machines, but which also use the Universal Windows Store.
Microsoft said the Windows Store is the best way to use cloud-hosted services, because it offers the ability to quickly deploy a single app or service to hundreds of devices at a time, and it offers better performance, stability, and scalability.
Microsoft also said that the Universal Storage feature in Windows Server is available for users who are already running Windows Server.
It will roll this feature out to all Windows Server devices, including PCs, and to Azure and Hyper-V virtual machines in the Windows ecosystem.
Windows Server customers that have installed the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows 8.1 Service Pack 3 can still use Universal Windows File Storage, Microsoft added.
It is important to note that Universal Storage in Windows 8 will only work on Azure virtual machines, and Windows 10 will not support Universal Storage for Hyper-v virtual machines.
“As Windows 10 evolves, we will be adding support and new features for Universal Storage, including support for file-sharing across devices and access to local files,” Microsoft said.
“We will also continue to roll out Universal Storage on all Windows 10 servers and cloud services.”