Microsoft will offer biannual feature updates to Windows 10

22 April 2017, 01:53 | Myrtle Hill

Microsoft will offer biannual feature updates to Windows 10

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The updates will also just have a few notable features to help users distinguish them from other new releases. "Based on this feedback, I am excited to share today that we are aligning the servicing models for Windows 10, Office 365 ProPlus and System Center Configuration Manager for our customers, particularly those with Secure Productive Enterprise".

To date, predicting when Microsoft would roll out new feature upgrades to Windows 10 and Office has been a guessing game for IT pros.

Those updates will occur every September and March, according to a Microsoft blog post by Bernardo Caldas, general manager of Windows commercial marketing.

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. The company is looking at a September release window but it is worth pointing out that they traditionally release the month after the code is completed.

The feature works by detecting which apps you're now using and which you aren't, cutting back on the energy being dedicated to those you're not using at that moment.

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A developer and reverse engineer by the name of "Zeffy" seems to have found a way around Microsoft's ban on updates for old versions of Windows on shiny new Ryzen and Kaby Lake CPUs. These updates would be released in March and September each year. This is consistent with Microsoft's current Windows 10 approach, but adds further clarity and predictability to organisations by aligning with Office 365 ProPlus. But more importantly, the latest major update brings about changes on the core operating system and user policies.

It also includes an all-new Paint 3D app which makes it easier than ever to build and create 3D models and items.

What is more significant is that Microsoft is committing to twice-yearly updates for features and security, which is in line with their roadmap for Windows 10.

In terms of application compatibility, Microsoft has announced four new investments: Upgrade assessment tools, application compatibility testing, Office 365 ProPlus monitoring services and reporting, tracking and resolving issues.

For those of you who are not aware on how to get the update, you will need to enable automatic updates on Windows 10 PC.



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