Today’s Windows isn’t your dad’s Windows. Microsoft is finally acknowledging that IT professionals are fed up with Windows 10’s binannual major release cadence. So, to address this, it has come up with several new ideas, one of which comes straight out of the Ubuntu Linux desktop playbook.

Every six months, along with the regular patches, Microsoft releases new-feature updates. This makes the old Service Patch (SP) model look like slow motion. No enterprise desktop manager wants to upgrade every user’s desktop that often, so they ignore those new-feature updates — until they can’t. In the case of Windows 10, they only have 18 months before any new features are no longer supported. At that point, desktop managers are forced into upgrades. The grumbling has been loud.

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