Microsoft has outlined the future of their patch releases for Windows 10 and Office 365 in a blog post on their website.
Here are more details.
- Windows is committing to a predictable twice-per-year feature release schedule, targeting September and March of each year, aligning with Office 365 ProPlus. The next Windows 10 feature update will be targeted for September 2017.
- Each Windows 10 feature release will be serviced and supported for 18 months. This is consistent with our current Windows 10 approach, but adds further clarity and predictability to organizations by aligning with Office 365 ProPlus.
- In addition, System Center Configuration Manager will support this new aligned update model for Office 365 ProPlus and Windows 10, making both easier to deploy and keep up to date.
Basically, we can now expect to see the major feature releases either in March or September from now on in both Windows and Office. Of more note it that Microsoft will only be conducting extended support for these updates for 18-months or about 3 release versions. This should help out on the deployment of updates in the enterprise environment, however, I would be concerned about the 18-month service & support window for releases. It will be nice to know that I should be looking for a major feature set update on about a 6 month cycle now.