Current Branch for Business updated to Windows 10 1511

Businesses tend to be a bit more conservative in upgrading their various software systems, and so Windows 10 for Businesses follows a different upgrade path than consumer versions. While the Current Branch for consumers has been pegged at Windows 10 1511 for some time now, the Current Branch for businesses was at Windows 10 1507.

Today, however, Microsoft announced over at the Technet blog that the Current Branch for Business (CBB) will be moved up to 1511. Here’s what it means:

  • We will be publishing updated media for Windows 10 1511 in the coming weeks, through various channels including Windows Update, Windows Update for Business, and Windows Server Update Services, as well as on the Volume Licensing Service Center and MSDN.
    • The only difference between this updated media and the original Windows 10 1511 release is the addition of the March cumulative update (KB3140768), which has been injected into the installation image.
    • If you don’t want to wait for updated media, you can manually inject that same update, or a later one, into an existing Windows 10 1511 installation image.
  • For devices already running Windows 10 version 1511, deployed before the CBB declaration, no action is required other than standard monthly servicing. With the installation of the March cumulative update (KB3140768) or any later cumulative update, the device is already running the equivalent of what was declared as CBB.

Your business machine won’t necessarily receive build 1511 immediately; rather Microsoft is just letting you know that Windows 10 1511 will become the version that companies can deploy to their users. You can find out the current Windows 10 release information here.

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