Microsoft stumps for Windows 10 1703 to get enterprises on the right release train
Just weeks before it releases the next upgrade to Windows 10, Microsoft is trumpeting last spring's version, claiming that the latter is "the most performant and reliable" ever.
The drum beating for Windows 10 Creators Update, aka 1703 in Microsoft's yymm format, comes less than four weeks before the slated Oct. 17 launch of its successor, titled "Fall Creators Update" and numbered 1709.
On reliability, Microsoft asserted that 1703 is much more stable than its mid-2016 predecessor, known as both "Anniversary Update" and 1607. "Our close collaboration with our ecosystem partners has resulted in a 39% total reduction in operating system and driver stability issues between the Anniversary Update and Creators Update," John Cable, director of program management in the Windows Servicing and Delivery group, contended in a post to a company blog Friday.
Of course, Microsoft's praise of 1703 fit its long-standing message that Windows 10's speedier release schedule results in incremental improvements that reach customers faster than the traditional upgrade-every-three-years model. But it also may have been meant to prod enterprises, which must adopt Windows 10 before the current OS standard-bearer, Windows 7, is tossed from support in early 2020.