Windows and Office moving to synchronised twice-yearly releases

Toby Manning
April 21, 2017

Of course, you have to also consider the September to March cycle including the December holidays which eats up a few weeks of that cycles available time due to vacations, etc.

The next feature update for the platform - dubbed Redstone 3 - will be pushed out in September this year.

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

Speaking about the new updates Microsoft said on in a blog: "We're thrilled 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". As you might have guessed, there aren't any new features listed in the release notes.

Microsoft hopes that this new change of pace will help its enterprise customers adopt Windows 10 and plan for the updates six months in advance. With Windows 10, one of the biggest complaints was large updates came out of nowhere, rendering a user's machine inoperable until the updates were complete.

Last month Microsoft announced, in part, on its support forum: "Windows 10 is the only Windows version that is supported on the following processor generations: Intel seventh (7th)-generation processors, AMD "Bristol Ridge" and Qualcomm "8996".

"Redstone 3" will be the next feature update to Windows 10 and will begin rolling out in September 2017 as confirmed by Microsoft officials. As Zeffy put it, that's "essentially a giant middle finger to anyone who dare not "upgrade" to the steaming pile of garbage known as Windows 10".

The said feature works by throttling background apps, recognized using a sophisticated detection system built into Windows 10.

The company says it committed to this new schedule to help out system administrators across the Globe, who can now plan ahead for upcoming Windows 10 major releases. The move is supposed to make it easier for the company's business customers to know when updates will be released and for how long each version of Windows 10 will be supported.

A year ago, we looked at a way to get a Windows 7-ish Start menu without using third-party software by dumping all the live tiles. The store homepage is a hodgepodge of apps, movies and albums, and assorted games (mostly Microsoft-published).

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