Microsoft today announced the global availability of Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1703) to all compatible devices running Windows 10. Microsoft is also making changes to the release cadence for enterprise users. Based on the feedback, Microsoft is moving to a new twice-yearly release cadence called the Semi-Annual Channel. It replaces the Current Branch (CB) and Current Branch for Business (CBB) service models that are currently in practice.
The Semi-Annual Channel will be in March and September aligning with Office 365 ProPlus so that IT deployment cycles can be planned accordingly. Both the feature releases will be serviced for 18 months from the date of release. Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1703) is the first Semi-Annual Channel release from Microsoft. IT organizations can start evaluating the Windows 10 pre-release builds through the Windows Insider Program for Business.
When the Semi-Annual Channel feature update is released, organizations can begin targeted deployments to a select group of machines to validate their apps, devices, and infrastructure, prior to beginning a broad deployment at a time that is right for them.
Learn more about Semi-Annual Channel servicing here. For certain enterprise organizations and usage scenarios, Microsoft also has a service model called Long-Term Servicing Channel which will have less frequent releases. The next release in this channel is expected in 2019. Each of these releases will be serviced for 10 years from the date of release.