Windows as a Service: Understand and Manage Upgrade Intervals and Distribution Rings

Unlike its predecessors, Windows 10 will be continuously updated instead of being replaced by a new major release after 3 or 4 years (“Windows as a Service”). Microsoft has designed the rollout of upgrades in waves by first distributing new features onto computers where errors and incompatibilities will cause the least damage. Only then follow most corporate PCs and finally the systems with critical applications. (…)

When companies migrate their PCs to Windows 10, they are jumping quasi onto a moving train. Although the significantly improved in-place upgrade eases the migration to new versions, IT managers have to deal with the constant updating of the client PCs within relatively short intervals. For particularly critical systems, companies can consider the use of Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB for which Microsoft provides 10 years of support without delivering any feature upgrades. Hence, every company should as certain the appropriate servicing option for their class of computers. This assessment will help optimize the companies required licensing and support costs.

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