Microsoft has selected the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, firstly released in early August, as ready for business users to deploy en masse.
Four months after releasing to majority users the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Microsoft has announced that release of Windows 10 to be ready for businesses for wide scale deployment.
On November 29th, Microsoft officially announced Windows 10 Anniversary Update to have accomplished Current Branch for Business (CBB) status. As company officials stated in a blog post, labeling a Windows 10 feature release as CBB “indicates that this version has been validated by customers, OEMs, and partners giving organizations the confidence to accelerate further deployments at scale.”
Users can proactively download the CBB bits now. In January 2017, Microsoft will make the updated Windows 10 Anniversary CBB update available via Windows Update. For PCs managed by WSUS or Configuration Manager, the updated bits still need to be deployed, and the IT admin can select when, officials stated.
When Microsoft decided to squash regular feature updates to Windows 10, officials created a new, rolling servicing strategy. The mainstream of consumers and some business users are on the Current Branch (CB), meaning they get new feature updates like the Anniversary Update the earliest that they’re available for their hardware.
CBB users typically have about a 4 month period from the time Microsoft initially releases a new Windows 10 feature update and the date that it’s launched as a CBB release that’s been tested by CB customers and others and patched and updated during that period. And Windows 10 Enterprise customers also have the option of keeping some of their systems on the Long Term Servicing Branch (LTSB). Microsoft officials recently stated that the company won’t support “general purpose” Surface Pro and Surface Books that are on LTSB.
As Microsoft officers noted in the comments section of yesterday’s blog post, Microsoft will service and support 2 CBB releases at all times. The November 2015 Windows 10 release (build 1511) also has been chosen as a CBB release.
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Because of Microsoft’s decision to support and service only 2 CBB releases at the same time, Windows 10 1507 — the initial Windows 10 release delivered in July 2015 – will not be getting patches and updates much longer. After March 2017, Microsoft won’t be fixing Windows 10 1507. And sometime around the middle of 2017 or possibly slightly later, Windows 10 1511 (the November 2015 Windows 10 feature update) won’t be fixed any longer.