Microsoft stamps October's Windows 10 feature upgrade as enterprise-worthy

Pat Wise
January 12, 2018

Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 Insider Preview build 17074 for PC users on Fast and Skip Ahead Ring. "I'm happy to announce the Fall Creators Update (version 1709) is fully available for all compatible devices running Windows 10 worldwide".

Major feature updates like the Fall Creators Update are made available to businesses via the new Semi-Annual Channel about four months after their general release. Using the data Microsoft and its partners have obtained from testing and feedback on this initial wave of upgrades, the company has further optimised its software to provide a smooth experience for all.

The Default Web browser for Windows 10 Microsoft Edge has received lots of new improvements in the latest Windows 10 Preview Build 17074.

Favorites bar improvements: The Favorites Bar has received many improvements in the latest build which now automatically shows Start and New Tab pages. The company also claimed the update had the highest customer satisfaction ratings of all Windows 10 updates to date.

Microsoft rolled out the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 in October 2017 which that includes support for Virtual Reality (VR) and Mixed Reality (MR). Actively listening for and responding to issues as they emerge helps us confidently expand the release to additional devices while maintaining a quality experience.

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Microsoft appears to be picking up the pace when it comes to releasing new versions of Windows 10 to the public. During that time Microsoft recommends that IT admins test the update on a limited number of machines, to prepare for a wider rollout. Lastly, ensuring your antivirus products are up-to-date (for example, Windows Defender is available in-box for free and updates automatically) and that you are backing up critical files to the cloud remain best practices.

Microsoft plans to release the next feature update for Windows 10, Windows 10 version 1803, around March/April of 2018.

I suggest that you create a full system backup before you install the update.

If you choose not to update your device when notified, your system will try to identify a time outside of your device's active hours to install the update when you're not actively using your machine. This notification allows the user to request that Windows remind them again later, install the update now, or schedule a time to install it.

Click on check for updates to run a manual check for updates.

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