Attentive readers will notice that the Release Frequency for new versions is significantly shorter than in the past. As of February 2018, a feature update is scheduled twice yearly, in spring and fall. It is therefore called a Semi-Annual Channel . These updates are comparable with a new version of Windows. 18 months of Support is provided for each feature update.
The main reason informing this shorter release cycle is a necessity to respond faster to current security risks. Besides new Edge, management and distribution functions, the features focus strongly on (further) developing Security Functions. What’s more, the company is able to ensure faster implementation of customer feedback and the integration of new functions.
When used correctly, this form of agile software development puts an end to major migration projects in companies (necessary around every 3 to 5 years in the past) by relocating migration activities to ongoing operations. For this to work, though, meticulous planning of processes and responsibilities will be necessary.