"Windows is committing to a predictable twice-per-year feature release schedule, targeting September and March of each year, aligning with Office 365 ProPlus", Microsoft said today. This means that if you want your Windows 10 or Office ProPlus installation supported long-term, you'll have to update it from time to time. Microsoft announced that the they will release 2 major update to Windows 10 every 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. And the end user experience in the apps is limited to the features shipped at a point in time. However, in 2016, the platform only received one update - Windows 10 Anniversary - to the surprise of many users.
The next feature update for Windows 10 is scheduled for September 2017.
In an announcement on the Windows for Business blog, we have learned that the Redmond company has made a decision to align the release and support cycles of Windows 10, Office 365, and System Center Configuration Manager. That latter date is much earlier than I had expected for the next Windows 10 version, codenamed "Redstone 3"; I was looking at November.
Those updates will occur every September and March, according to a Microsoft blog post by Bernardo Caldas, general manager of Windows commercial marketing. This decision often allows them to save money, continue using software created specifically for those versions of Windows, and avoid teaching employees the changes in Windows 10. The next such update is planned for September.
But one thing you will notice immediately is that the development cycle is going to get compressed with this new plan from Microsoft.
"We leveraged modern silicon capabilities to run background work in a power-efficient manner, thereby enhancing battery life significantly while still giving users access to powerful multitasking capabilities of Windows", Karagounis wrote. Windows 10 will determine which apps you're now using and block other apps from drawing too much juice when they're not in use.