In late May of last year, Chris Riggs, Microsoft Senior Program Manager, during WinHec, announced the planning that would see the Windows updates. Shortly after, in August of 2016, the announcement became official, besides indicating that we would have two major updates in 2017.
Windows and Office will receive two major updates per year
So far, only Windows was included in this update cycle. Microsoft today announced that the company will carry out parallel releases of Windows and Office features. Thus, the software giant will now release two major updates every year for Windows and Office. The company plans to release the first update for Windows and Office in March each year, while the second update is destined to see the light in the month of September.
Due to the implementation of the new calendar, Microsoft will offer the following major feature update for Windows 10 later this year, better known as Redstone 3. In addition to Office and Windows, Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager will support the new update model , Which will make it easier for IT professionals and companies to implement new updates. Although this plan was already known, it is not until now that you have news of its implementation by Microsoft. It has also been confirmed that each new major update of Windows and Office will have official support over a period of 18 months, which has extended the support period another 6 months.
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Office 365 ProPlus is included in this upgrade path
Focusing on Office, this change does not affect non-subscription applications or suites, perpetual Office clients that connect to local servers or any Office consumer service. It also has no impact on web versions of Office applications, such as Word Online, Excel Online and PowerPoint Online. The new policies described today are specific to Office 365 ProPlus connected to Office 365 services.
Microsoft also encourages Office customers to migrate to their cloud services, as from October 13, 2020, Office 365 ProPlus will be the only fully equipped. Anyone who uses Perpetual Office applications and clients can not get all the features as quickly as they are available to Office 365 ProPlus users. This change reflects what has been happening with many other Microsoft products, where local versions are updated less frequently and may not include all the functionality included in the cloud versions.