Microsoft commits to major Windows feature releases twice a year

Posted April 22, 2017

Microsoft has announced it will stick with twice-a-year feature update schedule for Windows 10, which will be released in March and September every year. This update sees them following in the footsteps of Facebook-owned hybrid messenger WhatsApp, which also started offering features very similar to Snapchat. The software giant says that its customers "want more predictability and simplicity" from the update servicing model so it will align updates to Windows 10 with those for Office 365 ProPlus and System Centre Configuration Manager. The update is the third major release for Windows 10, the company said in a statement.

The company said it would hew to a "predictable" twice-per-year schedule for both platforms, though there's still a little wiggle room: Microsoft didn't specify exact dates within those months. The Office 365 ProPlus typically gets new updates three times a year. Users of such systems were met with an error message when attempting to fetch security patches through Windows Update.

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