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Selecting the Right Windows 10 Servicing Channel

Published: 27 September 2017

ID: G00341464

Analyst(s): Mark Lockwood


The faster cadence for Windows 10 updates by Microsoft will require IT organizations to revisit traditional Windows servicing processes. End-user computing technical professionals planning Windows 10 implementations must assess and modify deployment processes to match the new update cadence.

Table Of Contents


  • Windows 10 Servicing Channels, Defined
    • Insider Preview Channel
    • Semi-Annual Channel
    • Long-Term Servicing Channel
  • Developing New Testing Methods for Applications on Windows 10
  • Segmenting the Application Portfolio to Determine the Best Servicing Channel Option
  • Staffing Appropriately for Windows 10 Updates


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