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Theresa Hayes | 21 April, 2017, 20:21

While PCs are receiving new builds from the Redstone 3 branch, Windows 10 Mobile devices are getting new builds that are labeled as "feature2".

The news comes after a general lack of clarity surrounding when previous major Windows 10 updates would drop, much less when they would hit a given customer's device. As Zeffy put it, that's "essentially a giant middle finger to anyone who dare not "upgrade" to the steaming pile of garbage known as Windows 10".

In 2016, Microsoft shared its plans to release two yearly feature updates for its Windows 10 platform.

Microsoft has further revealed that from now on, each feature update will be "will be serviced and supported for 18 months" making it inline with the same approach they have towards Windows 10 updates but now encapsulates products like Office 365 ProPlus as well.

Microsoft said Thursday it will commit to a strict schedule for Windows and Office feature updates: every September and March.

"Redstone 3" will also be finalized in September too, hence the version number will be 1709, however, the public will only be able to test it in October. Privacy is a hot topic however, and Microsoft adds to the confusion by restricting information - it just revealed what data Telemetry collects in the Creators Update - and by changing privacy setting and preferences with every feature update. Releases will come in March and September, and the next big update for Windows 10 (i.e. Redstone 3) "will be targeted for September 2017".

A predictable release schedule and relatively short windows of support could encourage more businesses to stay up to date with new versions of Windows 10. Though the company has stopped rolling out updates, there is a user-made patch that is available for both chip types and allows users to continue running older operating systems on newer processors. The Office 365 site lists three plan options for home users, three for small businesses, four (including ProPlus) for "enterprises", two for schools; and five for non-profit institutions.

Microsoft is working on new power-saving tools for Windows 10 that could save up to 11% of battery life used up by background apps. The store homepage is a hodgepodge of apps, movies and albums, and assorted games (mostly Microsoft-published).