Microsoft Set to Spring a New Windows 10 Release on Us

Posted on October 15, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 18 Comments

Microsoft Set to Spring a New Windows 10 Release on Us

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.


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Comments (18)

18 responses to “Microsoft Set to Spring a New Windows 10 Release on Us”

  1. 277

    Breaking News! Microsoft is giong to replaces Windows on the Surfcace Pro 5 with Redstone OS.  Just read that on another site.  Wanted to leave him a link to, so he could get better educated, but the comment section would not load.

  2. 5234

    More headaches for customers = more money for me.

  3. 1377

    So by next spring there may well be 5+ versions of Windows 10 in use: 1507 curmudgeons, 1511 holdouts, 1607 wait-and-see-ers, 1703 go-getters, and Insider Program whackos (I'm in the last group myself). If forced updates are a real thing, why are there still PCs running 1507? If there are no PCs running 1507, why is there a 1507-specific cumulative update this past week?

    To paraphrase Mao Zedong: let a hundred versions have users. What could possibly go wrong?

    • 5234

      In reply to hrlngrv:

      Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB customers would be on 1507.  Nobody in their right mind is deploying LTSB 2016.


      Do Linux builds ever force a dist-upgrade after a certain period?  

  4. 127

    Paul, do you think the Redstone 2 roll out will take as long as Redstone 1? At least these two updates are on the same branch, compared to Threshold. Or doesnt that make any difference?

  5. 5775

    Then new hardware would come in April or May. Looks like all fits in and leaves me thinking about a refresh to the Surface line for this month's NY event.

  6. 5641

    Phew - luckily we won't need to worry about Windows 10 Mobile as Paul says it's dead. No update for that then? 

    No, wait......

  7. 3148

    In reply to hrlngrv:

    1507 is supported until July 2025.

  8. 5553

    It still could FALL through.?

  9. 6991

    I wish Microsoft would just adopt Apple's strategy:  Yearly OS updates with an event highlighting the updates.  Twice per year is too much.