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Microsoft pledges two Windows 10 upgrades in 2017

Gregg Keizer | Aug. 10, 2016
This year's sole upgrade -- last week's 1607 -- will simplify enterprise migrations if they get going soon

(No one said that Microsoft's upgrade policies for Windows 10 are simple: The company tries to explain everything in a figure-filled document published on its website.)

Microsoft may not publicly promote the one upgrade in 2016 as a benefit -- if only because that would counter the narrative of more improvements and additions -- but it will certainly point that out to business customers: The focus on 1607 and spotlight on corporate migrations during 2017 fits with Microsoft's long-running campaign to get businesses onto Windows 10 faster than they have moved in the past.

The firm has argued for months that Windows 10 is ready for production deployment, trumpeted the enterprise-specific features it's introduced, and boasted of the customer numbers shifting to the operating system.

"We expect these advances will drive increased adoption of Windows 10, particularly in the enterprise, in the coming year," said CEO Satya Nadella during last month's earnings call with Wall Street, referring to Windows 10 enhancements such as Hello and Ink. "We already have strong traction, with over 96% of our enterprise customers piloting Windows 10. 


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