The Windows 10 Anniversary Update that was released to Home users in the summer is now available for widespread enterprise deployments.
The Anniversary release, version 1607, has been designated as available to Windows 10 machines that receive updates under the Current Branch for Business (CBB) servicing option.
Apart from the Home version of Windows 10, most other flavors of the OS can be set to receive updates under the CBB. A PC on the CBB path will be updated about four months after the Home version of Windows 10, allowing additional time to validate an update's quality and application compatibility.
This delay to allow bugs to be fixed would seem to be particularly important in the case of the Anniversary Update, which triggered complaints about frozen systems and broken webcams among Home users. A group of Windows 10 Home users have previously petitioned Microsoft to allow them to delay updates.
Describing the Anniversary Update's availability under the CBB, Michael Niehaus, director of product marketing at Microsoft, said in a blog post: "This is an important milestone and signifies that this version has been validated by customers, OEMs and partners giving organizations the confidence to further accelerate deployments at scale."
The release addresses 1,000 items of feedback from home users and enterprises performing pilot deployments.
The Anniversary Update can be downloaded to PCs on the CBB and will be available to CBB machines via Windows Update and Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) in January. Unlike machines that use Windows Update, computers that are managed using WSUS or System Center Configuration Manager, will require IT admins to choose when to apply the update.
The other version of Windows 10 designated as a supported CBB release is 1511, released in November last year. The launch version of Windows 10, 1507, won't be patched or updated after March next year.
Niehaus says there has been a 3x increase in deployments of Windows 10 by enterprise over the past six months, but doesn't reveal the size of these deployments or the number. Businesses rolling out Windows 10 include the Australian Department of Human Services, Hendrick Motorsports and Crystal Group of Companies.
However, some third-party figures on Windows 10 rollouts have been less rosy, with an audit of more than 400,000 business PCs in North America finding that 99 percent of had not been upgraded to Windows 10.
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Nick Heath is chief reporter for TechRepublic. He writes about the technology that IT decision makers need to know about, and the latest happenings in the European tech scene.