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Windows 10: Microsoft plans to release two feature updates per year

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Microsoft released the Windows 10 Creators Update earlier this month, bringing some very cool new features to their latest Operating System (OS), for example, Game Mode. Further, one of the major issues some had with Windows 10 is the privacy settings, which Microsoft has also addressed with the update.

With such an amazing update out, one has to wonder what’s next for Windows 10. Well, I am happy to report that Microsoft plans to release not one, but two feature updates per year. Microsoft plans to release one update in March each year, and one in September, according to a recent blog post.

Microsoft notes that Windows 10 “continues to be the fastest-adopted version of Windows ever, with more than 400 million monthly active devices and ever growing adoption in the enterprise” and that they have heard their customers’ needs for more “predictability and simplicity” from their update servicing model.

Microsoft provides additional details about their bi-annual feature update plans:

  •  “Windows is committing to a predictable twice-per-year feature release schedule, targeting September and March of each year, aligning with Office 365 ProPlus. The next Windows 10 feature update will be targeted for September 2017.
  • Each Windows 10 feature release will be serviced and supported for 18 months. This is consistent with our current Windows 10 approach, but adds further clarity and predictability to organizations by aligning with Office 365 ProPlus.
  • In addition, System Center Configuration Manager will support this new aligned update model for Office 365 ProPlus and Windows 10, making both easier to deploy and keep up to date.” - Source

At the time of writing, there is no indication which features will be released in the September 2017 update. There have been rumours floating around that the update’s codename is Redmond 3, while other rumours suggest that Microsoft is working on a graphical and/or UI overhaul called Project Neon. Whatever the case may be, if it is anything like the Creators Update, Windows 10 users have a lot to look forward to.

What do you hope to see in the next feature update expected to release this September? Let us know in the comment section below.

Source: Microsoft Blog

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