Friday, August 11, 2017

New Servicing Model for Windows 10

Microsoft team recently updated the Servicing Model for Windows 10 to align with Office 365 ProPlus as announced earlier, and also now adopting common terminology to make it as easy as possible to understand the servicing process.



 The two most important terms to understand:

Semi-Annual Channel. These are the twice-per-year feature update releases, targeting March and September, designed for the broad population of general-purpose PCs used throughout organizations.  Each of these releases will be serviced for 18 months from the date of release.  (The Semi-Annual Channel replaces the Current Branch [CB] and Current Branch for Business [CBB] concepts.)

Long-Term Servicing Channel. These are less frequent releases, expected every 2-3 years (with the next one expected in 2019), designed for special-purpose PCs such as those used in point-of-sale systems or controlling factory or medical equipment.  Each of these releases will be serviced for 10 years from the date of release.  (The Long-Term Servicing Channel replaces the Long-Term Servicing Branch [LTSB].)

Access the Official Blog post here: Windows as a service: Simplified and Aligned

Additionally review the below Blog post for more details.

Demystifying Windows as a Service – wake up! please

More detailed updates are shared in the below Blog posts.


Update to the Windows as a Service Model

Automating Windows as a Service

Get your hands-on on WaaS with the new Windows 10 Virtual lab.


Access the virtual lab here: Deploy and manage Windows as a service

Also take a look at the latest Microsoft Mechanics video to explore the streamline update model between Office and Windows 10.


Keeping your Office clients up-to-date: New tools and aligned update model with Windows 10

Updated Support article: Overview of the upcoming changes to Office 365 ProPlus update management

Update:

Access the related Microsoft Ignite 2017 Sessions on demand to know more.

Stay tune for more updates...

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