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  • Will Win10 1809 ever be declared “suitable for business”?

    Posted on March 14th, 2019 at 14:35 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    It’s been a raging question for months. Win10 version 1809, released in October, has not been declared “Semi-Annual Channel” (the previous “Current Branch for Business”) worthy as yet, although it’s been out for … count ’em … five months.

    A month ago, Microsoft dismantled its whole update framework and threw away the names that we’ve known for so long — names, such as “Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted),” that are baked into the fabric of Windows Update in versions 1803 and 1809.

    @1EarEngineer just pointed me to a post from ‘Softie John Wilcox which, in response to a question about the updating mess, says:

    1809 has been released, there is no second, separate broad release.   For self managed customers, they control and decided when they have reached their deploy decision, and our guidance is they should have started the deployment process now with 1809, following our recommend framework.  This would be in the target phase, which we are in as well for WU.

    For devices we manage, that are connected to WU, we are in targeted phase, which means we are only publishing the update to targeted devices, not all devices.  This is our normal process, and as we get more data and confidence, we add more devise to the target list, until we reach our decision that its good for all, at which time we publish to everyone. That is when it becomes “broad”. That just signals that it is now broadly available ( same release ).

    Its not a time driven thing, but a data driven thing. 1803, it took 2 months, the historical norm was 3-4 months.  1809 will not be 2 months , but more to the norm.

    1809 is already on VLSC, we are now posting at the same time we start on WU, and will continue that going forward

    Which, to my mind anyway, reaches a new low in obfuscation. First of all, Win10 version 1809 is five months old. Second, if MS doesn’t declare it “Semi-Annual Channel” one of these days, all of those Windows Update advanced settings in Win10 version 1803 and 1809 are just so much mealy-mouth mush.

    Am I missing something here?