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Windows 10, Office to get feature updates every year on March and September

By Jos ยท 6 replies
Apr 20, 2017
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  1. Microsoft today announced that it is committing to a coordinated release schedule for Windows 10 and Office updates, in an effort to make things more manageable and predictable for IT professionals handling enterprise deployments. Under the new plan, future updates will arrive in March or September each year, and Microsoft says each feature release will be serviced and supported for 18 months.

    By extending the support period from 12 to 18 months, the company says it’s helping IT pros to choose to update once or twice a year, instead of rushing to beat the update-support clock.

    Microsoft didn’t specify exact dates within those months but confirmed that "Redstone 3," the next feature update to Windows 10 will begin rolling out in September 2017. That said, Windows Central speculates it’s possible the company finalizes Redstone 3 in September, with a general release sometime in October, similar to how the Creators Update was finalized in March but released in April.

    Microsoft isn’t detailing exactly what its next major Windows 10 update will include, but Insiders recently started testing Redstone 3 in the Fast ring so details should start to surface in the coming weeks.

    On the Office side, Microsoft noted that starting October 13, 2020, Office 365 ProPlus or Office perpetual in mainstream support will be required to connect to Office 365 services. “We’re providing more than three years’ notice to give IT time to plan and budget for this change. Until this new requirement goes into effect in 2020, Office 2010, Office 2013 and Office 2016 perpetual clients will still be able to connect to Office 365 services,” the announcement reads. You can read the complete details here and here.

    Header image credit: Reuters / Mike Segar

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  2. seeprime

    seeprime TS Enthusiast Posts: 54   +40

    Microsoft says this now. They should not force incomplete builds out the door. I hope they don't. It seems like someone got cocky when the Creators Update came out more bug free than the Anniversary Update. So, a build that causes an uptick in issues needs to be held back for a short time. No one will hold it against them.
     
  3. MoeJoe

    MoeJoe TS Guru Posts: 558   +294

    Microsoft cloud is communism.
     
  4. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 1,584   +859

    There's nothing inherently wrong with the idea of communism just like their is nothing inherently wrong with the idea of capitalism. Two systems on the opposite side of the coin, human perversions that crack them both.
     
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  5. HamRadioGuy

    HamRadioGuy TS Rookie

    "Under the new plan, future updates will arrive in March or September each year"

    What a great new original idea Microsoft!!! I wonder how they came up with that?!?

    Oh wait, Ubuntu has been doing an April and October new release every year for many, many years now...
     
  6. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 2,255   +1,158

    I wish that Microsoft would go back a zillion years to the time when it was just your basic OS and all the other features were downloadable and install-able features so you could pick and choose what you wanted without all the God forsaken overhead!

    OK, I've vented my spleen now and I feel better, back to watching Laurence Welk reruns .....
     
  7. TheBigT42

    TheBigT42 TS Booster Posts: 64   +30

    "Windows 10, Office to get feature updates every year on March and September"

    How about

    Windows 10 and Office will get feature updates biannually in March and September.
     

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