Microsoft ships first Windows 10 upgrade to corporate PCs

Credit: Microsoft 'Current Branch for Business' release signals slower pace and uncertain schedule

By Gregg Keizer Follow
Computerworld | Apr 11, 2016 6:49 AM PT

Microsoft last week promoted Windows 10's November 2015 upgrade to the Current Branch for Business release track, the first time since the operating system's debut it has approved a build for corporate customers.

"The Windows 10 version 1511 feature update (build 10586), released in November 2015, has been officially declared as Current Branch for Business (CBB), ready for organizations to begin deploying broadly," said Michael Niehaus, a director of product marketing, in a post to a company blog Friday.

The upgrade will be released "in the coming weeks" through Windows Update, Windows Update for Business, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and other channels, Niehaus added.

Last year, Microsoft overhauled its Windows upgrade strategy with Windows 10. Rather than release upgrades and updates at irregular, infrequent intervals, it announced it would stick to a set cadence composed of several "branches."

Each upgrade would reach consumers first as Current Branch (CB), then four months later the same build -- presumably of higher quality after millions of consumers had tested the upgrade and Microsoft had made changes to the code -- was to be tapped as suitable for company computers and labeled as the latest Current Branch for Business (CBB).