Windows 10 Will Now Receive Major Updates in March and September

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Microsoft also clarified that it will support and service each Windows 10 feature release for 18 months.

The Windows 10 Creators Update, then, formed the first release under the new schedule even if that wasn't public knowledge at the time. Microsoft has already doled out two major upgrades to Windows 10-the Anniversary Update (Redstone 1) previous year and more recently the Creators Update (Redstone 2). Today's announcement from Microsoft lays out the companies plans to align these two products into the same release/support cycles with the intent being to standardize when these feature updates can be expected.

Power Throttling will be rolled out as part of the Redstone update which is due later this year, although it can be tested now by users who are signed up to the Windows Insider Program.

By extending the support period from 12 to 18 months, the company says it's helping IT pros to choose to update once or twice a year, instead of rushing to beat the update-support clock.

The Register has asked Microsoft for more information on this schedule and will update this story if it offers any comment on how it feels businesses will cope with frequent Windows re-deployments and a schedule that "targets" September but doesn't commit to it. ®.

The only way for owners of the latest generation of processors to get around this was to either downgrade their CPU or upgrade their operating system to Windows 10.

And as a bonus, Microsoft will also update the System Center Configuration Manager to support this new update model for Office 365 ProPlus and Windows 10, making deploying new Office and Windows updates much easier across large Windows-based networks. We will reduce the Office 365 ProPlus update cadence from three to two times a year, with semi-annual feature updates to Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus targeted for March and September. Power Throttling is only available on devices using Intel Skylake CPUs at present, although Microsoft says it is working to make the feature available on "other processors".

Microsoft's stance remains that it will support the two last Current Branch for Business releases. Users are hoping that the company will also add more cool and useful features for Windows 10 on the next update. The Office 365 ProPlus subscription includes all the standard Microsoft Office applications like Excel, Word and PowerPoint.

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