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Microsoft commits to biannual Windows feature updates

Microsoft commits to biannual Windows feature updates

Microsoft has publicly committed itself to biannual Windows feature releases, to take place every March and September.

Microsoft has announced a new schedule for its major software updates, promising a biannual release programme that will see Windows 10's feature updates coming every March and September.

Following the successful launch of the Windows 10 Creators Update last month, Microsoft has opted to keep the ball rolling with the promise of a similarly feature-packed Windows update twice every year. 'Windows is committing to a predictable twice-per-year feature release schedule, targeting September and March of each year, aligning with Office 365 ProPlus,' explained Microsoft's Bernando Caldas in the brief announcement. 'These changes reflect our commitment to help make it easier to deploy and service Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus.'

The Windows 10 Creators Update, then, formed the first release under the new schedule even if that wasn't public knowledge at the time. 'The next Windows 10 feature update,' Caldas added, 'will be targeted for September 2017', referring to the Windows 10 Redstone 3 update which will bring a range of new features including the new power-saving system for limiting the CPU usage of background tasks.

This regular and, for Microsoft, relatively rapid release cycle does come at a cost, of course: support lifespans. Under the new schedule, each Windows feature release will be supported for 18 months, after which security and other updates will only be made available after moving upwards to a newer feature release. With each release being offered for free, and in the case of home users rolled into monthly update releases, this is unlikely to have a major effect on most users.

The reasoning given for the new schedule is the same as that offered for the regular Patch Tuesday releases: By providing system administrators with a regular schedule and advanced warning of major releases, deployment and maintenance of Windows 10 in a corporate environment is simplified - especially now Windows releases coincide with Office 365 ProPlus releases, allowing both to be tested and rolled out simultaneously.

While Microsoft has confirmed Windows 10 Redstone 3 - a working title - will launch in September, it has not tied itself down to an exact day as yet.

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Corky42 21st April 2017, 09:49 Quote
Wasn't the previous plan to release feature updates every 8 months, if so how is reducing the time corporate environments have to test things by two months simplifying things?
Flibblebot 21st April 2017, 10:08 Quote
I think MS are over-estimating the number of corporates who are on Win10 and care about these things. My employer (a large multinational) is - along with, I imagine, a lot of other large companies - still on Win7 with no imminent plans to upgrade any time soon.
Corky42 21st April 2017, 12:28 Quote
You're not the only one thinking that, according to Spiceworks Windows 10 only has a 9% share of businesses devices.

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IamSoulRider 21st April 2017, 13:05 Quote
Depends what sector you are in. Some VLC's in the financial sector are testing Win10 deployments. Regulatory requirements to be running on supported and safe software etc will force the financial companies, banks etc, onto windows 10 shortly.
nicae 23rd April 2017, 17:06 Quote
So, it's now a new opportunity to botch your machine every 6 months. Yay?

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Harlequin 23rd April 2017, 17:21 Quote
My old employer is using windows xp and no plans to change it
edzieba 24th April 2017, 07:25 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by IamSoulRider
Depends what sector you are in. Some VLC's in the financial sector are testing Win10 deployments. Regulatory requirements to be running on supported and safe software etc will force the financial companies, banks etc, onto windows 10 shortly.
Enterprise: We're fine on Windows 7, there are no problems
Enterprise: We're fine on Windows 7, there are no problems
Enterprise: We're fine on Windows 7, there are no problems
Regulator: Windows 7 is not longer being updated
Enterprise: UPGRADE EVERYTHING TO WINDOWS 10 YESTERDAY

Can you hear the resigned laughter of madness from the IT dungeons?
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