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Microsoft commits to releasing major Windows 10 updates biannually

The next Windows 10 upgrade may bring Power Throttling to PCs with modern processors. (Source: Microsoft)
The next Windows 10 upgrade may bring Power Throttling to PCs with modern processors. (Source: Microsoft)
Expect Windows 10 feature upgrades to be released twice a year: in March and September. Microsoft says that it will employ this new strategy of predictability to make updates easier to deploy, especially for business customers.

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The schedule for important Windows 10 updates has just become much more organized and predictable. As of today, Microsoft has put forward a new biannual update plan, which sees major OS updates being released every March and September for the foreseeable future.

According to the PC juggernaut, the next Windows 10 feature upgrade (its name for a major update release) will roll out in September of this year. That upgrade, along with all subsequent releases, will be serviced and supported for 18 months. This is in keeping with the company's current approach to updating its new operating system.

In addition, Microsoft has announced that updates to its Office365 ProPlus productivity software and the System Center Configuration Manager will also align to this new schedule. The shift is especially meant to make the deployment and update of these software easier for enterprise customers.

What will be included in September's Windows update? While there is no official comment from Microsoft yet, it's likely that Power Throttling will make an appearance. The feature, currently undergoing testing via Windows Insider Preview, puts the CPU into an energy-efficient state whenever apps are running in the background. It should be noted that Power Throttling currently only works for Intel 6th generation (Skylake) processors or later; Microsoft is working on expanding compatibility to other processors in the near future.

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John Garcia, 2017-04-20 (Update: 2017-04-20)
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