Windows as a Service Updates

Friday 18th August 2017

In September 2017 Microsoft will release a new version of Windows 10 twice per year and support each new version for just 18 months.

  • Semi-Annual Channel. These are the twice-per-year feature update releases, targeting March and September, designed for the broad population of general-purpose PCs used throughout organizations. Each of these releases will be serviced for 18 months from the date of release. (The Semi-Annual Channel replaces the Current Branch [CB] and Current Branch for Business [CBB] concepts.)
  • Long-Term Servicing Channel. These are less frequent releases, expected every 2-3 years (with the next one expected in 2019), designed for special-purpose PCs such as those used in point-of-sale systems or controlling factory or medical equipment. Each of these releases will be serviced for 10 years from the date of release. (The Long-Term Servicing Channel replaces the Long-Term Servicing Branch [LTSB].)

To help you implement Windows as a Service, Microsoft have tools like Windows Analytics to help guide you through the feature update deployment process.

For more information please see this TechNet article.


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