If you’re using Windows Update for Business, on July 23, 2019 your devices will start updating to Windows 10, version 1903.
Until now, the patches for Windows Update for Business were pretty straightforward and easily managed, with only two options:
For releases prior to version 1903, Windows Update for Business customers had two settings they could utilize to designate when feature updates should be installed on their devices. The first was the branch readiness level (SAC or SAC-T), and the second was the deferral period, which specified the number of days after the branch readiness level-based date before an update was offered to a device.
But with Windows 10, version 1903 things will slightly change.
This decision came from Microsoft as a follow-up to the fact that all the work needed to be done to deliver a safe OS and the alignment of Windows Update for Business with Office is done.
Here’s the official statement from Microsoft:
We have now completed that work. Beginning with Windows 10, version 1903 (the next feature update for Windows 10), the Windows 10 release information page will no longer list SAC-T information for version 1903 and future feature updates. Instead, you will find a single entry for each new SAC release. In addition, if you are using Windows Update for Business, you will see new UI and behavior to reflect that there is only one release date for each SAC release.
But the majority of Windows users are not happy with the changes or with the new implementation method that Microsoft is, somewhat forced, trying to introduce. Here’s what one unhappy user is saying:
This is horrible and an ongoing insult to your customers given that you are unable to release a single stable feature release of Windows 10. When will you – Microsoft – release stable software? And you can say, in marketing-speak, that there “never was really a difference between SAC-T and SAC” but the very fact it was enshrined in the software catches you out.
If this new approach will work or not, it remains to be seen. Microsoft will implement it, nonetheless.
So if you use Windows Update for Business, expect some potential changes in the future and prepare yourself for Windows 10, version 1903 to hit your devices on July 23, 2019.