On Twitter I asked the following to David James (Director of Engineering, ConfigMgr, Microsoft) and Johan Arwidmark (CTO @ TrueSec):
With Windows Servicing, Microsoft is forcing consumers and businesses to upgrade to a Windows 10 Build twice a year. Theoretically you could go for one build per year, but that forces you to upgrade to a new build within 6 months. Otherwise you will end up without support for the old build.
This introduces quite some issues within both SMBs and large organizations. Recently a friend asked me about a recent printer that stopped working. The printer was 2 months old and from a large vendor. I directly checked the build of the machine and yes, it was recently upgraded to the Fall Creators Update. The printer was identified as an “Unknown USB Device”. Updating the driver of the printer didn’t help. Luckily the Technical Support was responding quickly to help, but this means manual processing of orders for the next couple of weeks. Yes I can revert the machine back to the old build, but will that fix the issue or create more issues? And because it’s not a Windows 10 Enterprise machine, Microsoft will try to update the machine later on.
Lost track of the service channel naming of Windows and Office Servicing? Is it “Current Branch” or “Semi-Annual Channel” now?! Or Standard Release?!
Ready: Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted)
Ready for Business: Semi-Annual Channel
Ready: Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) (Or Targeted Release)
Ready for Business: Semi-Annual Channel (Or Standard Release)
Last update: recently… 🙂
Every day is a new day to change these again, so stay tuned!