Windows 10: More changes coming to Microsoft's Windows as a Service strategy

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       09 May 2017 #1

    More changes coming to Microsoft's Windows as a Service strategy

    Microsoft is continuing to tweak its Windows as a Service updating and patching strategy.

    Company officials announced some of the latest adjustments during last week's Ask Me Anything (AMA) about Windows as a Service on the Microsoft Tech Comunity site.

    Microsoft officials have been hinting that the company is working to align the patching and updating strategies for Windows 10 and Office, moving forward. It turns out that it will be more than just the cadence that the company will align; the nomenclature for the feature updates will be aligned too.

    What Microsoft currently calls the "Current Branch" in Windows 10 updating parlance will be changing to "Semi-Annual Branch Pilot." And the Current Branch for Business release, which typically follows the Current Branch by four months and is anointed by Microsoft as being ready for business deployment, will be known as "Semi Annual channel Broad" at some point in the coming months.

    Microsoft officials said last month that the company will be providing new feature updates to both Windows 10 and Office twice annually as of this September. This will kick off with the Redstone 3 update, officials said.

    Microsoft officials also said during last week's AMA that the next Windows 10 release to be designated as a Long Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) build won't be coming until some time in 2019 (thanks to Computerworld for the pointer to that fact).

    The most recently released Windows 10 release that was made available to the LTSB channel was the Anniversary Update, which Microsoft began rolling out in August 2016.

    The LTSB was designed for specialized systems, but was available to all Windows 10 Enterprise users as an option when Microsoft originally announced its branch strategy. Microsoft never publishes feature updates (only security ones) through Windows Update on devices running Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB; instead the company makes available a new LTSB release every two to three years. Users can install these interim updates or skip over releases for a 10-year period...

    Read more: More changes coming to Microsoft's Windows as a Service strategy | ZDNet
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  2.    10 May 2017 #1

    Thanks for the info.
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