Microsoft Confirms April Delivery of Next Windows 10 Version

Posted on March 13, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 27 Comments

Microsoft Confirms April Delivery of Next Windows 10 Version

Yes, the next version of Windows 10—version 1803, or the Spring Creators Update—will ship to customers in April 2018 as we expected.

That’s according to a Microsoft developer blog, which was updated today to include the information. Hey, at least it wasn’t a Joe Belfiore tweet.

Windows 10 version 1803, codenamed Redstone 4 and marketed as the Spring Creators Update, will ship in April 2018, exactly one year after the original Creators Update. It will be supported by Microsoft through October 2019, in keeping with Microsoft’s 18 months Windows 10 version support timeline.

Microsoft is expected to finalize Windows 10 version 1803 in the coming days. It typically does so about three weeks before the public rollout begins.

Thanks to Neowin for tipping me off to this.

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Comments (27)

27 responses to “Microsoft Confirms April Delivery of Next Windows 10 Version”

  1. Bart

    Was it a Joe Belfiore tweet linking to the blog post? Surely….. :)

  2. NT6.1

    "Spring Creators Update". Microsoft failed. Windows 10 is over. It can't innovate anymore.

  3. hrlngrv

    Could be easier calling them Easter and Halloween updates (or Passover and Sukkot, or go for full localization).

  4. AlexKven

    Aw yes, because the 18 is for 2018 and the 03 is for April.

  5. arknu

    As long as the final build is not 17115. I still regularly get a GSOD with SECURE_KERNEL_ERROR...

  6. Thomas Parkison

    I'm going to defer from upgrading for at least 60 days. The first month it's released it's going to be like hell on Earth, I want no part of it.

    • ncn

      No reason to believe that at this point (based on the insiders machine). On the two production machines, one of which is a 5-year old laptop that got converted from Win 7 to WIn8 to Win10, I only have had one bluetooth driver issue with the old laptop right off the bat and it's been smooth as silk ever since.

      The fit-and-finish is still a long ways off... but when I think what it would have been like using the old two- or three-year dev cycle to go from W7 right to W10 with out the incrementalism...boy what a shock that would have been. And then it would have been another couple of years before the feedback would have fixed what they've taken care of as a matter of course using the new dev cycle.

      But, then I'm not an enterprise or a casual user.

    • curtisspendlove

      In reply to trparky:

      I have had very few problems with it on a couple of PCs with Insiders Builds.

      It might still have a few problems, and not upgrading day 0 is often a good idea.

      But I think “Hell on Earth” might be a bit of hyperbole. ;)

    • RonH

      In reply to trparky:

      Why do you expect that? Are you an insider?

      • Thomas Parkison

        In reply to RonH:

        Because it was like that when 1709 came out, bugs galore for the first month. It took an update a month later to really stabilize it. Right now 1709 is rock solid stable, at least for me that is. I know some other users are having issues but so far 1709 is stable for me.

        • RonH

          In reply to trparky:


          Personally I haven't had issues with my SP4 or custom built desktop. Everything I have is synced with Onedrive and I have many backups. If. Required I can so an ISO fresh Install.

          Probably wise for normal folks to wait though, if they know how/or are able to delay

  7. Orin

    When these major releases rollout, do you all typically proceed through the upgrade via Windows updates? Or do you fresh install using the ISO? Just curious.

    • Waethorn

      In reply to Orin:

      For all seriousness, wait for the first Cumulative Update, then nuke from orbit. Otherwise, in-place upgrades from the ISO always tend to be more stable than the Windows Update version for some reason (it's Microsoft, and they always manage to cock it up). Often when a Cumulative Update fails to install, I repair the install by installing over top with the latest ISO (even if it's the same major build version installed), and then do updates afterwards. The vast majority of update or upgrade failures can be resolved by this method, and it works more times than using DISM with the cleanup-image parameter, with or without an online image. The only time it fails is if there's some buggered up user setting in the registry, since not all registry settings are reset.

      • Orin

        In reply to Waethorn:

        Thanks for the reply. I'll try out the upgrade from the ISO on my machine and see how it goes! I've only ever upgraded using Windows update or a fresh install from ISO, never an upgrade from an ISO. Thanks for the suggestion as I wouldn't have thought of this option.

    • fbman

      In reply to Orin:

      I used both methods in the past. The ISO route is a little cleaner than the windows update. I do find downloads from windows update slower, so I upgrade quicker with the ISO.

    • arunphilip

      In reply to Orin:

      I've always used Windows Update to upgrade my two desktops (never faced any difficulty), but have updated my tablet via an ISO. I might stick to only WU in future, to save time.

    • Waethorn

      In reply to Orin:

      sudo apt update

      sudo apt dist-upgrade


  8. jimchamplin

    Especially seeing the flowers in the hero image for the article, I have to wonder... when will Microsoft retire that boring and oppressively dark default wallpaper? If they’re going to brand the releases, the wallpaper should reflect that branding for a more complete and consistent product.

  9. skane2600

    I was wondering, when S mode arrives wouldn't it have to be available as part of an update to existing Windows 10 PCs in order for everyone to be running the same version?

  10. PeteB

    Ugh, I just got done fighting off Fall Creators Update after the havoc is wreaked on our PCs - even with updates disabled and a group policy enabled to defer feature updates for a year. MS is back to their GWX malware-like antics with giant fullscreen popups and no cancel button.

    The only thing these lame Feature Updates do is it reset all your privacy settings, default programs, and browser back to the anemic MS defaults. Never anything useful to desktop users.