We’ve known for quite some time now that the next major Windows 10 release would ship in Spring 2017. Now we have a slightly more accurate understanding of the plan, which is to finalize this version in March 2017.
I know, this isn’t exactly big news: March 21, 2017 is of course the first day of Spring. And let’s be honest: Microsoft will take whatever time it needs to finalize this major release, so April is still on the table as well. And, finally, that date, even if Microsoft hits it, doesn’t mean all that much: This release won’t ship publicly until weeks later. And if the Anniversary Update is any guide, until months later for some.
News of the March 2017 date comes courtesy of Tero Alhonen who noted on Twitter that the text “Windows 10 Version 1703” appears in a group policy in pre-release versions of Windows 10 Redstone 2. The “17” there refers to “2017,” while “03” is March; the current release of Windows 10, version 1607, was finalized in July (07) 2016.
Exciting, I know.