Microsoft is christening the Windows 10 Creators Update release that began rolling out in April 2017 as ready for businesses to deploy.
Previously, Microsoft called the version of Windows 10 ready for business deployment the "Current Branch for Business," or CBB. As officials said earlier this year, the new name for CBB is "Semi-Annual Channel" -- a designation that Windows 10 will share, going forward with Office 365 ProPlus.
Windows 10 November Update (1511), which the company rolled out to consumers starting in November, 2015, will no longer get feature or security updates after October 10, 2017, officials reminded users today. After that date, Windows 10 users will need to be running Windows 10 Anniversary Update (1607), Windows 10 Creators Update (1703) or Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (1709) in order to get updates and security patches.
The exception to this rule is the version of Windows 10 formerly known as the Long Term Servicing Branch (LTSB), which, as officials said earlier this year, is now going to be called the Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC). PCs and devices running LTSC will get new features every two to three years, with the next LTSC release coming in 2019.
Earlier this year, it seemed as if Microsoft was planning to also use the terms "Pilot" and "Broad" as designations to describe deployment phases with Windows 10, the way it has done with Office 365 ProPlus. Happily, Microsoft is not going that route and won't be talking about Semi-Annual Channel (Pilot) and Semi-Annual Channel (Broad), after all. Instead, Microsoft is advising businesses to start pilots of new feature updates once they begin rolling out to consumers.
I continue to hear regularly from a number of users of a variety of devices, including Surface users, that they still have not been offered Windows 10 Creators Update/1703 by Windows Update. I asked Microsoft. I asked what those users should expect and received the following statement from a spokesperson:
"Microsoft is now in the process moving to the full availability phase in terms of offering Windows 10 Creators Update via Windows Update to eligible, compatible devices from OEM partners as well as Surface devices. We are aware that a small set of devices may have compatibility issues updating, and will continue to investigate, and work to find solutions to move those devices forward including documenting solutions when possible on support forums."
Hopefully that means if you still don't have the Creators Update on your machine, you'll be getting it soon, since the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (1709) is supposed to start rolling out in September or October 2017.
Microsoft is continuing to tweak its Windows 10 patching and updating strategy, and plans to hold off until 2019 before releasing another version of Windows 10 designated as its Long Term Servicing Branch. [May 9, 2017]
Microsoft is committing to delivering two Windows 10 and two Office client feature upgrades each year, with the target delivery dates being March and September, officials said.
That means "Redstone 3," the next feature update to Windows 10 will begin rolling out in September 2017, Microsoft officials are confirming today. (Before today, we'd only heard from sources that "Redstone 3" would be available "this Fall." And "Redstone 4" should begin rolling out in March 2018, based on this new information. [April 20, 2017]