Microsoft Set to Spring a New Windows 10 Release on Us

Posted on October 15, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 21 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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    hrlngrv Alpha Member #100 - 3 months ago

    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?

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      Waethorn Alpha Member #2235 - 3 months ago
      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?  

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    Waethorn Alpha Member #2235 - 3 months ago

    More headaches for customers = more money for me.

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    MixedFarmer75 Alpha Member #256 - 3 months ago

    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.

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      Paul Thurrott Alpha Member #1 - 3 months ago
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    ctataru - 3 months ago

    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.

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    Bart Alpha Member #117 - 3 months ago

    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?

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      Paul Thurrott Alpha Member #1 - 3 months ago
      In reply to Bart:

      I think it will be based on how well real world installs go. This time around, not so good.