Published: Sat, April 22, 2017
Electronics | By Lorenzo Hawkins

Microsoft Promises Two Windows 10 Updates Per Year

Microsoft Promises Two Windows 10 Updates Per Year

This new synced release schedule will begin in September 2017, when Microsoft is expected to launch Windows 10 Redstone 3 (or whatever its new name will be by then). Just a few weeks after shipping the Creators Update, Microsoft says it now plans on releasing new versions of Windows in a "predictable twice-per-year" pattern: once in March, and once in September. The company's System Center Configuration Manager, which allows businesses to manage all their systems from one central platform, will also become part of the further entrenched twice-per-year upgrade schedule.

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The Insider Program is an early access system Microsoft runs that enables keen Windows users to get early versions of its software to test out, ahead of the general public. Confronting the problems that many have to face when it comes to unknown Windows 10 upgrade schedules, Microsoft is now setting a clear path that the company intends to follow.

But one thing you will notice immediately is that the development cycle is going to get compressed with this new plan from Microsoft. For Microsoft, though, this could mean less auspicious feature bundles, a la the Creators Update, which didn't quite pan out as promised. His solution targets the new CPU-detection bits that Windows has added to help Windows Update know when not to ship new code. We will reduce the Office 365 ProPlus update cadence from three to two times a year, with semi-annual feature updates to Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus targeted for March and September.

Apparently, the rest of several Office 365 versions will continue to be updated as needed. And for those seeking more information, Microsoft will hold an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on May 4, 2017, from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM Pacific in the Windows as a service AMA space.

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