Microsoft announced yesterday that it has declared the newest feature version of its Windows 10 operating system, the Anniversary Update edition or Windows 10 version 1607, the Current Branch for Business.
To fully understand what this means, you need to know the terminology that Microsoft uses when it comes to Windows 10 servicing.
Any new feature upgrade that Microsoft releases finds its way to the Current Branch (CB) immediately. The bulk of home users are running systems with that servicing option, but it is available to all versions of Windows 10.
Businesses and Enterprises can configure individual computer systems to be part of Current Branch to receive these upgrades early, for instance for testing purposes.
Windows 10 Pro and higher may be set to the Current Branch for Business (CBB) servicing option. This delays upgrades for about four months before they are made available to these systems.
All that is required for that is to check the "defer feature updates" option in one of two ways:
You may set the option using the Group Policy Editor as well:
The declaration pushes the Windows 10's Anniversary Update to Current Branch for Business systems.
A third branch, called Long-Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) is a special Enterprise edition in which upgrades can be deferred for at least ten years.
Michael Niehaus announced the change on the Windows for IT Pros blog.
Today I am pleased to announce that Windows 10 1607, also known as the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, has been declared as Current Branch for Business (CBB) and is ready for deployment. This is an important milestone and signifies that this version has been validated by customers, OEMs and partners giving organizations the confidence to further accelerate deployments at scale.
To reach this milestone, we have addressed nearly a thousand items of feedback from all types of customers, including enterprises performing pilot deployments. With hundreds of millions of devices already running the CBB version 14393.447 installed by KB 3200970 or any later update, as indicated in the Windows 10 Release Info page, organizations can be assured Windows 10 1607 is fully ready for them.
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