Microsoft Confirms Six-Month Windows 10 Update Schedule

Now the company has confirmed that it plans to release two updates per year-one in September and one in March-and said the Creators Update's antecedent should arrive in September 2017.

Microsoft said Thursday it will commit to a strict schedule for Windows and Office feature updates: every September and March.

Microsoft has also released further updates to Office 365 ProPlus in the form of changes to the Office 365 system requirements and new tools and programs to manage ProPlus application compatibility. IT systems administrators can roll out the updates on a schedule, keeping up with the latest feature and security updates.

The news comes after a general lack of clarity surrounding when previous major Windows 10 updates would drop, much less when they would hit a given customer's device.

In addition, each new version, both Windows 10 and Office, will have support for 18 months.

Our customers tell us a big part of that is because Windows 10 is the most secure version of Windows ever released and they see greater economic impact of their investment. "With "Power Throttling"~CHECK~, when background work is running, Windows places the CPU in its most energy efficient operating modes - work gets done, but the minimal possible battery is spent on that work", the company notes on its blog.

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Microsoft plans to improve your laptop's battery life by throttling background apps.

With the Windows 10 Creators Update already seeding to users, the next update is scheduled for September this year.

"Redstone 3", is set for release in September later this year.

The Windows 10 version of power throttling will be mirroring some of the developments that are happening in the mobile space.

The company also disclosed that it would extend the support time for Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus feature updates from 12 months to 18 months.

On the Office side, this change does not affect "perpetual"/non-subscription Office client apps/suites, Office perpetual clients connecting to on-premises servers or any Office consumer services. For Office 365 feature related updates are actually shipped monthly to subscribers.