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Microsoft to deliver Windows 10's business update service in stages

Gregg Keizer | Aug. 28, 2015
Signals that Windows Update for Business won't be complete until 2016.

Microsoft's no-rush attitude toward WUB and the CBB reflects the reality of Windows 10 adoption. Although millions of consumers have upgraded their Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices to Windows 10 by accepting the firm's free offer, most businesses will move slowly to the new OS. Analysts anticipate that the corporate push to Windows 10 won't be meaningful until 2017, and that Windows 7 will remain the dominant enterprise OS for at least the next three years.

By Redmond's schedule, the first feature-and-functionality upgrade will hit consumers on the CB this fall: Four months after Windows 10's debut would be late November. If Microsoft hews to the four-month delay, that would mean the first upgrade would land on the CBB in late March 2016.

Or maybe even later: By Niehaus' description, Windows 10's release cadence could be slower than three times a year. "The actual development time varies, but it could be four to six months spent on a new upgrade, working on new capabilities, that will then be released to the Current Branch," Niehaus said.

Previously, analysts like Gartner's Michael Silver and Steve Kleynhans had predicted an every-four-month upgrade for Windows 10, the interval that Harmetz also touted. Niehaus' talk of four to six months, however, may reflect Microsoft's realization that it will not be able to produce on the fastest pace.

Current Branch for Business setting
Checking the 'Defer upgrades' box in this option panel of Windows 10 Pro or Windows 10 Enterprise moves the machine to the Current Branch for Business and switches to Windows Update for Business as the servicing mechanism.  Credit: Microsoft


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