Microsoft signals a slower Windows 10 upgrade tempo – Computerworld

Microsoft has taken to referring to Windows 10’s upgrade tempo as slower than it once did, hinting that the company may not sustain an aggressive three-times-a-year cadence.

In public documentation, Microsoft has recently used an upgrade frequency of two-to-three-times annually, a departure from before, when it consistently cited a three-times-each-year release schedule.

“With Windows 10, a new model is being adopted,” Microsoft stated in a just-revised technical overview of the OS’s servicing options. “Instead of new features being added only in new releases that happen every few years, the goal is to provide new features two to three times per year, continually providing new capabilities while maintaining a high level of hardware and application compatibility [emphasis added].”

That tempo, which would roughly translate to an upgrade every six months on the slowest end, and on the fastest pace every four months, was different than what Microsoft talked about before the July launch of Windows 10. During that stretch, the company regularly used the faster of the two cadences — three times annually, or about every four months — to describe the frequency of the feature upgrades it planned to deliver.


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