Microsoft to add new features to Windows 10 each March and September

Microsoft will release feature updates for Windows 10 twice a year, in March and September. The company hopes that a predictable roadmap makes it easier for enterprises to switch to its latest operating system. With the Creator Update released in April, the company is a bit behind on schedule, but the upcoming Redstone 3 update is nevertheless planned for September this year.

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It sounds to me like Microsoft is taking lessons from Canonical, the company behind the popular GNU/Linux distribution Ubuntu. They release two major versions a year as well, with 3/4 of them (the “short-term support”, or “STS” releases) being supported for 18 months. (The “long-term support”, or “LTS” releases, which come out every other April, are supported for 5 years.)