Microsoft continues to further expand Windows-as-a-service and has recently also made the much-awaited Anniversary Update available to all. But while discussing the pros of the latest iteration of Windows 10, it has expressed its desire to switch back to its twice-a-year update cycle in 2017.
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.
says Nathan Mercer in the TechNet blogpost.
Redmond is looking to follow an update cycle similar to the Threshold wave of updates released back in 2015, reports WindowsCentral. It believes that Microsoft is currently amid the development of the first major update (codenamed Redstone 2) and will release it in the early months of 2017. The second major update (codenamed RedStone 3) will be scheduled for a Summer 2017 launch — very much similar to the Anniversary Update.
Following this update cycle will leave about 4 to 6 months between the two feature updates for the next year. And if sources are to believed, then RedStone 3 will probably be a smaller update as compared to RedStone 2 — as it was the same in case of Threshold 1 and Threshold 2.
Microsoft has started working on more features updates and is currently compiling the next build, which will be numbered around the 14900 range. And if you’re an Insider like me, then you wouldn’t have to wait long to receive bits of Redmond 2 for testing. And to be able to release a final build in early 2017, Microsoft will probably start testing the next builds with Fast Ring Insiders in the coming weeks or so(I’m excited!!).
There is no leak or rumor or whatsoever on what all features could be added in the builds following the Anniversary Update, but one thing is definitely clear that Microsoft wants to put out two major updates in 2017. And that’s great news for everyone — access to more features and stable builds!!