I’m happy to announce that Windows 10, version 1809 is now available for download from Visual Studio Subscriptions (formerly MSDN Subscriptions) and the Software Download Center (via Update Assistant or the Media Creation Tool)—as well as through Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and Windows Update for Business. This new feature update will begin rolling out globally via Windows Update in the coming weeks to ensure the best possible update experience for our customers. For more details on our rollout plans and the improvements we’ve made to the update experience, please see John Cable’s blog post.
For commercial customers, today’s October 2, 2018 release of Windows 10, version 1809 marks the start of the servicing timeline for the Semi-Annual Channel (“Targeted”) phase. If you’re using Windows Update for Business and have configured updates for Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) deferral, your updates will be based from this date. If you do not use Windows Update for Business, the Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) designation has no impact on you.
We recommend that you begin rolling out Windows 10, version 1809 today, in phases across your organization, to validate that your apps, devices, and infrastructure work well with this new release before broad deployment. Additionally, if you aren’t yet using Windows Analytics to monitor your rollout of this feature update, we encourage you to do so.
To support this release, we have updated the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) for Windows 10 and published a draft of the Security baseline for Windows 10, version 1809. We are also updating the Windows 10 Enterprise Evaluation, a free 90-day evaluation designed to help IT pros test Windows 10 Enterprise in their environments.
Windows 10, version 1809 will be rolling out globally to Volume License customers via the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) in the coming weeks.
Windows 10 Enterprise, version 1809 will be available to those with Microsoft Action Pack Subscriptions (MAPS) via the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) on October 5th. All other editions for MAPS will be available on October 22nd.
Windows 10, version 1809 is the sixth feature update for Windows 10. You’ll notice that much of what has changed since the last update is the result of our effort to help you holistically and more easily manage your devices and deployments with Microsoft 365.
And, just around the corner:
Yes. For those customers utilizing the Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC), we have also released Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2019. This is the third feature update for Windows 10 for the LTSC, and it has many benefits for all Windows 10 devices, including the special-purpose devices in your environment.
On Wednesday, October 31st, my colleague Nic Fillingham and I will be hosting a one-hour webcast on "What’s new in Windows 10, version 1809 for IT pros." From 10:00-11:00 a.m. Pacific Time, we’ll take you through the changes in this feature update, the logic behind them, and, most importantly, how to use these improvements to speed up your deployments and more easily manage your Windows 10 devices. Click here to add a reminder to your calendar to register for this special webcast.
We won’t have much time for Q&A during the webcast, so we are also hosting a Windows 10 IT Pro AMA on Tech Community from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Pacific Time the following day, November 1st.
An Ask Microsoft Anything (AMA) is a live, text-based Q&A event like a "YamJam" on Yammer or an "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit. During the AMA, members of the Windows, Windows Defender ATP, Microsoft Intune, and System Center Configuration Manager product and engineering teams will be standing by to answer your questions. Out of respect for our international IT pro community, we’ll open the AMA space right after the conclusion of the webcast so that everyone has a chance to ask a question.
If you haven’t attended one of our AMAs before, here’s a quick explanation of how it will work:
To participate in the AMA, you must be a member of the Microsoft Tech Community. If you aren’t already a member, it only takes a minute to sign up:
If you are still using Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 in your organization, I strongly encourage you to take advantage of Upgrade Readiness, a no-cost Windows Analytics service that helps you streamline and accelerate the Windows upgrade process by identifying compatibility issues that can block your upgrade and proactively suggesting fixes. You can use Upgrade Readiness standalone or integrate it with System Center Configuration Manager.
For help with configuring and deploying updates, please see the following resources:
To see a summary of the latest documentation updates, see What’s new in Windows 10, version 1809 IT pro content on Docs.
For information on what’s new for developers, see What's New in Windows 10 for developers, build 17763. For a full list of new namespaces added to the Windows SDK, see New APIs in Windows 10, build 17763. And, for a list of features and functionality that have been removed from Windows 10, or might be removed in future releases, see Features removed or planned for replacement starting with Windows 10, version 1809.
And, for the latest updates on new releases, tools, and resources, stay tuned to this blog and follow us @MSWindowsITPro on Twitter.
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[ii] Users must link their mobile phone to their PC in PC settings or through Your Phone app from the Microsoft Store. Users will receive an app from Microsoft which they must download to their mobile phone and follow the setup prompts. Requires Android 7.0+.
[iii] Pen capable tablet or PC required. Pen accessory may be sold separately. Office 365 subscription required and sold separately.
[iv] For Android, Timeline can be accessed through the Microsoft Launcher Beta starting October 10, 2018. Users will need to sign-up to be a Beta user for Microsoft Launcher in the Google Play store. For iOS, Timeline can be accessed through the Microsoft Edge Beta starting October 8, 2018. Users need to request to join the Microsoft Edge Beta program via Feedback in the app.
[v] Timeline on phone shows seven days of past activities, including activities done on a tablet and laptop when users are signed into their Microsoft accounts.
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