Windows 10 Anniversary Update now available on Current Branch for Business

Arif Bacchus

Back on August 2nd of this year, the Windows 10 Anniversary Update launched worldwide to consumers. Today, another important milestone has been reached, as the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is now finally now available on Current Branch for Business.

The availability for broad commercial deployment means that customers, OEMs and partners can now enjoy several new Windows 10 security features, as well as reduce deployment times. In addition to the consumer features of the update, the Anniversary Update brings Businesses specific benefits such as enhanced cloud infrastructure, improved compatibility, and partner readiness. For the complete details, please see Microsoft’s description below:

  • Enhanced Cloud Infrastructure – allows our antimalware researchers to utilize machine learning models to identify and block malware more quickly, improving response time from hours to just minutes.
  • Improved Compatibility – Windows 10 is our most compatible release ever and with 99% of the top 3,000 apps shown to be compatible customers can deploy with confidence.
  • Partner Readiness – We have also seen strong engagement from our partner ecosystem with over 900 of our largest partners trained this year alone on Windows 10 deployment.

According to Microsoft, in the process of achieving this milestone, the company addressed nearly a thousand items of feedback from all types of customers, including enterprises and groups performing pilot deployments. With Windows 10 and the Anniversary Update installed, Microsoft also believes that businesses and customers are 58% less likely to encounter ransomware than when running Windows 7.

Recently, according to Microsoft, Windows 10 has been unprecedented with a 3X increase in Windows 10 enterprise deployments over the last six months.  And so, if the latest cumulative update is installed, no actions will be required on behalf of most organizations to install the Anniversary update.  For convenience, Microsoft is also not expecting to publish updated media to the Volume Licensing Service Center and to Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) in January for those customers that need it.