It may come as no surprise, but Microsoft won’t release another major update for Windows 10 in 2016. The good news is Microsoft will be rolling out two major updates for Windows 10 next year. “Windows 10, version 1607 is our third Windows 10 feature update released. Based on feedback from organizations moving to Windows 10, this will be our last feature update for 2016, with two additional feature updates expected in 2017,” the company wrote in a blog.
Microsoft let the information slip in a TechNet blog post published earlier in the week. “Windows 10, version 1607 is our third Windows 10 feature update released,” Microsoft said in the blog post. “Based on feedback from organizations moving to Windows 10, this will be our last feature update for 2016, with two additional feature updates expected in 2017.”
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The first major update for 2017 — codenamed Redstone 2 — will be released sometime in the early part of 2017, while the second update — codenamed Redstone 3 — is likely to be released in the summer of 2017, Windows Central reports. This update pattern is similar to the one that the Threshold update wave followed. Much like Threshold 2 was to Threshold 1, Redstone 3 is likely to be a much smaller update compared to Redstone 2.
This schedule would put Microsoft back on a two updates per year schedule similar to the initial rollout of Windows 10, as Windows Central first pointed out. In 2015, Microsoft released Windows 10 (also known as Threshold) in July and then the November Update (dubbed Threshold 2) three months later.
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Understandably, Microsoft isn’t detailing exactly what features are coming just yet, but the next big feature update may coincide with hardware updates to Microsoft’s Surface Pro and Surface Book devices. Microsoft is already working on Redstone 2, with internal builds out for testing.