The updates will take place in March and September of each year, and each will be supported by Microsoft for 18 months.
Microsoft just released a major Windows 10 update, but the company is still hard at work on even more upgrades.
After months of waiting, Microsoft finally released it Creators Update earlier this month. Now, after the latest announcement, we could look forward to bi-annual major updates for Windows 10 PCs around the world.
Office and Windows are slated to receive two major patches per year, one in March and the other in September.
Our customers tell us a big part of that is because Windows 10 is the most secure version of Windows ever released and they see greater economic impact of their investment. Now it seems that Microsoft has plans to go the other way and introduce a feature that would reduce programs' use of resources in order to prolong battery life.
Yes, that means "Redstone 3", the next feature update to Windows 10 will begin rolling out in September 2017, Microsoft officials are confirming today.
Microsoft says the new feature will boost battery life by as much as 11 percent. According to Microsoft, this is because "Moving to Office 365 ProPlus requires an initial upgrade and ongoing management of regular updates". Presumably, they're still using that number because they're quite far away from the 1 billion devices they were originally targeting for Windows 10 adoption.
"When customers connect to Office 365 with a legacy version of Office, they're not enjoying all that the service has to offer", writes Ron Markezich, corporate vice president for the Office commercial marketing team.
Anyway, Microsoft started off with plans to release two feature updates every year for Windows 10 when it was initially released and this calendar year was going to be the first time it would happen since Windows 10 became publicly available.
As noted ZDNet, these changes to Office 365 does not affect non-subscription based Office client apps and suites, or Web versions of Office apps.