Microsoft is all set to release Windows 10 1709 CBB (Semi-Annual Channel – SAC) version to start broad deployment. This information was shared by Microsoft here. Can we start downloading Windows 10 1710 CBB (Semi-Annual Channel) version now? No, Windows 10 1710 CBB (Semi-Annual Channel) version won’t be available in MSDN or VLSC until 22nd Jan 2018.
“Refreshed media will be published to Windows Update, Windows Update for Business, WSUS, and VLSC starting the week of January 22, 2018”
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Download Windows 10 1709 CBB Version starting from 22nd Jan
As per Microsoft, Windows 10 1709 is ready for broader deployment within your organization. But Microsoft released Windows 10 Semi-Annual Channel Targeted (SAC-T or CB) back on 17th October 2017. Since October 17th the clock started ticking from Windows 10 servicing perspective and it’s 18-month.
Updated on 13th Jan 2018
Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) - SAC-T is nothing but Current Branch (CB) Semi-Annual Channel - SAC is nothing but Current Branch for Business (CBB)
No Extended Support for Windows 10
Microsoft announced supplementary support to enterprise and education customers for Windows 1511 version. But supplementary support for Windows 10 is not equal to extended support. This is explained in Michael Niehaus’s post here.
Six months extended support announced for Windows 10 versions – Read Microsoft post “Changes to Office and Windows servicing and support“.
“To help some early enterprise adopters that are still finishing their transition to Windows as a service, we will be providing a supplemental servicing package for Windows 10, version 1511 for an additional six months, until April 2018, providing updates to address critical and important security issues that arise during that time.”
One of the critical points is that Microsoft Microsoft supports two CBB (SA) releases at all times. With Microsoft’s latest announcement here, Windows 10 1709 Semi Annual CBB ready and will be available to download only after 22nd of Jan 2018.
Until 22nd of Jan 1607 and 1703 are in Semi-Annual Channel (SAC = CBB) After 22nd of Jan 1703 and 1709 will be in Semi-Annual Channel (SAC = CBB)
More updated details about Windows 10 releases and hotfixes are available in the following links.