#WaasInANutshell


Our goal overall with the changes that we made to the Windows as a service terminology was simple:  Make it easier to understand.  As for the old “Current Branch” and “Current Branch for Business” terms, just forget them and focus on these simple ideas:

  • Windows 10 will have new features updates released to the Semi-Annual Channel twice per year, around March and September.
  • Each feature update will be serviced for 18 months from the date of release.
  • Office 365 ProPlus is doing the same thing.

If you understand those points, then you understand the terminology – the focus then should be on the process that you need to go through, the tools that are available to help, etc.  For that, start with the http://aka.ms/waas documentation, as well as the Microsoft Mechanics video on YouTube.

Shortest blog ever (and now fixed to be grammatically correct) Smile

Comments (3)

  1. Joes says:

    When will WSUS be able to serve O365 proplus updates?

  2. Cheryl Kesonbok says:

    You say “Make it easier to understand.” But this is not “easier” or clearer at all. What the heck does “Semi-Annual Channel” mean? What concept or picture does it create? What do you mean by “Channel” and what does it have to do with an operating system? A channel is something in which a liquid flows. This is nonsense. Why do you people engage in such obfuscation? What purpose does it serve except to tick off your customers? Why don’t you just give it a sequence number or a year and month designation, so it’s crystal clear what the latest version is?

  3. Brian says:

    @Mr. Niehaus: Please correct me if the following statement is false: the phrase “Semi-Annual Channel” now has two meanings. The first meaning of “Semi-Annual Channel” is the Microsoft designation that was formerly called “Current Branch.” An example of usage of the first meaning (from this blog post): “Windows 10 will have new features updates released to the Semi-Annual Channel twice per year, around March and September.” The second meaning of “Semi-Annual Channel” is the Microsoft designation that was formerly called “Current Branch for Business.” An example of usage of the second meaning is in https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/deployment/update/waas-servicing-channels-windows-10-updates: “In the following settings CB refers to Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted), while CBB refers to Semi-Annual Channel.”

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