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The next Windows 10 feature update will be targeted for September 2017.

Microsoft has announced a new schedule for its major software updates, promising a biannual release programme that will see Windows 10's feature updates coming every March and September.

Before today on the Office side, Microsoft releasing three feature upgrades annually to Office 365 ProPlus - its client Office suite that is available via many Office 365 subscription plans - twice yearly. Microsoft has already doled out two major upgrades to Windows 10-the Anniversary Update (Redstone 1) a year ago and more recently the Creators Update (Redstone 2).

These changes reflect our commitment to help make it easier to deploy and service Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus.

After months of waiting, Microsoft finally released it Creators Update earlier this month. They will be pushed to the users as soon as they're ready.

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Microsoft also hints that this new regime should mean less work, overall, as Windows 10's improved security and frequent updates have "made large-scale, costly wipe-and-replace Windows deployments every few years a thing of the past".

Microsoft has been heavily criticised for the move, which has created an artificial end-of-life to operating systems that are not due to go ex-support for another five years, in the case of Windows 8.1. Confronting the problems that many have to face when it comes to unknown Windows 10 upgrade schedules, Microsoft is now setting a clear path that the company intends to follow. Because the processor is not supported together with the Windows version you are now using, your system will miss important security updates. That update never appeared, hinting that Microsoft pulled it from inclusion in the then-upcoming Creators Update, the feature upgrade released April 11. Only customers having a subscription for Office 365 ProPlus will be able to utilize any new modifications introduced through these updates.

Microsoft has a history of talking up new Windows features that are underwhelming in reality.

The company is also hosting a Windows as a service AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 9:00 a.m.to 10:00 a.m. PT.

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