Microsoft has officially declared the Windows 10 November Update delivered late last year as its Current Branch for Business (CBB) release of the operating system, meaning that it is the most up to date officially sanctioned stable build for business use.
The move was announced on Microsoft's Windows for IT Pros blog, detailing that Windows 10 version 1511 feature update (build 10586), better known as the Windows 10 November Update, has now been declared as the official CBB release.
The Windows 10 November Update has been available since November, but it has taken until now for Microsoft to garner enough feedback from testers that the build is stable enough to form the next official release for corporate deployment.
"Each new Windows 10 feature update is initially considered a Current Branch release to be used by organisations for initial pilot deployments," said Michael Niehaus, Microsoft's director of product marketing, in the blog post.
"The feature update will later be declared as CBB once we have received feedback and confirmation from organisations, OEMs and partners confirming that the feature update is ready for broad deployment."
The officially sanctioned business version of Windows 10 before this announcement was version 1507, otherwise known as the original Windows 10 release announced in July last year.
Microsoft explained that customers will be able to access updated images for Windows 10 1511 in the coming weeks through Windows Update, Windows Update for Business, and Windows Server Update Services, as well as the Volume Licensing Service Centre and MSDN.
The only difference between this update and the original Windows 10 November Update, according to Microsoft, is the addition of the March cumulative update (KB3140768), which has been inserted into the installation image.
CBB is one of the upgrade deployment options available to business customers, and enables IT departments to ensure that client systems at their organisation receive updates that add or upgrade operating system features only after the quality and compatibility of the updates has been assessed in the consumer market.
Microsoft said that the Windows 10 November Update for organisations with endpoints configured to defer upgrades under CBB will begin to deploy as soon as the updated media has been published.
Updates to the existing Windows 10 1511 for those using Windows Server Updates Services will need to be re-approved once the new updated media is received, Microsoft said, unless an automatic update rule is configured.
Meanwhile, Microsoft continues to prepare for the next major update to the Windows 10 platform, codenamed Redstone, which is expected by the middle of this year.
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