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Microsoft announced today that they are now designating Windows 10 October 2018 Update Build 1809 to be ready for broad deployment, rather than targeted deployment.

 

What a rough and unpleasant road the Windows 10 October 2018 Update has been down since it has been released with the numerous bugs, stops and starts in deployment, and an overall troublesome release. It looks like the journey is finally over and Microsoft has determined that Build 1809 is ready for broad deployment to all Windows 10 devices.

 

"Based on the data and the feedback we’ve received from consumers, OEMs, ISVs, partners, and commercial customers, Windows 10, version 1809 has transitioned to broad deployment," stated Microsoft's Windows as a Service evangelist John Wilcox in an announcement. "With this, the Windows 10 release information page will now reflect Semi-Annual Channel (SAC) for version 1809. We will continue to communicate for future releases the transition from targeted to broad deployment status."

 

Prior to this, Microsoft had released Build 1809 to targeted devices in order to determine that existing issues have been resolved and no new problems have appeared. This is why some Windows 10 users running on Windows 1803 have still not been offered the 1809 update as recently as 2 days ago.

 

Now that Build 1809 is in broad deployment, it should be available to all users checking for updates in Windows Update.

 

While the announcement states that Microsoft's Windows 10 release information page has been updated to indicate that build 1809 is classified as being in the "Semi-Annual Channel", as shown below it appears to have not been updated as of yet to reflect this change.

Current listing of Windows 10 Servicing Options
Current listing of Windows 10 Servicing Options

For users who have been unable to install build 1809 through Windows Update, you can check for new updates today or tomorrow and it should now be available.

 

Source: Windows 10 Version 1809 Is Now in Broad Deployment, Available to Everyone (BleepingComputer)

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Microsoft unexpectedly declares Win10, version 1809 ready for business

Windows 10, version 1809 has been declared “Semi-Annual Channel,” although that terminology is officially unsupported. Remarkably, the change comes before Microsoft issues its second March cumulative update, leaves us with numerous acknowledged bugs.

In yet another twist in the push-and-shove world of Windows 10 deployment, Microsoft has officially declared Windows 10, version 1809 ready for business. Well, OK, it isn’t exactly officially “ready for business,” but we’re at the mealy-mouthed analog. Per Softie John Wilcox:

Windows 10, version 1809 has transitioned to broad deployment. With this, the Windows 10 release information page will now reflect Semi-Annual Channel (SAC) for version 1809. We will continue to communicate for future releases the transition from targeted to broad deployment status.

And, sure enough, the release information matrix shows 1809 as “Semi-Annual Channel” with a latest release date of 2019-03-12.

 

Which has me scratching my head for two reasons. First, Microsoft hasn’t yet released the second April cumulative update for 1809 (thus the 2019-03-12 date). Second, the current version of 1809, build 17763.379, is crawling with acknowledged bugs:

  • IE 11 authentication issues
  • Audio devices stop working unexpectedly
  • MSXML6 may freeze the system
  • Custom URI schemes may not work correctly
  • Windows Deployment Services PXE may not work

I have two theories about the sudden accommodation in the “OK for everybody to deploy” ring.

 

First, Microsoft has to get 1809 officially pushed out the door before 1903 arrives. I’m expecting an RTM announcement (er, whatever’s replaced the Semi-Annual Channel - Targeted announcement) very soon.

 

Second, somebody at Microsoft read Susan Bradley’s broadside, "Hey 1809, we need to talk," and figured maybe some response was appropriate.

Thx @EP

 

Join us for 1809’s coming out party on the AskWoody Lounge.

 

Source: Microsoft unexpectedly declares Win10, version 1809 ready for business (Computerworld - Woody Leonhard)

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update Available for Everyone, Including Businesses 

Microsoft has declared Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809) ready for broad deployment, recommending businesses to install the new OS version just in time for the launch of version 1903.

Microsoft has declared Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809) ready for broad deployment, recommending businesses to install the new OS version just in time for the launch of version 1903.

The October update was originally released on October 2 last year, but it was then pulled only a few days later due to issues potentially causing the removal of user files stored in libraries.

Microsoft fixed the bug and re-published the update in November, then beginning a gradual rollout to devices across the world in order to prevent any other issues from becoming widespread.

Due to this more cautious approach, the availability of Windows 10 version 1809 improved slowly, so in January this year, Microsoft released it via Windows Update to all users who manually searched for updates.

Beginning March 28, Microsoft says Windows 10 October 2018 Update is “designated for broad deployment and Semi-Annual Channel for servicing status (recommended option),” which means that businesses can finally install the update. At the same time, the update is also available for any user who manually selects check for updates via Windows Update.New update just around the cornerMeanwhile, Microsoft is getting ready for the debut of another OS feature update currently codenamed 19H1 and likely to launch as version 1903 and April 2019 Update. This means that users in general, and consumers in particular, are very likely to skip the October update altogether and switch directly to the April 2019 release.

As it’s the case of every Windows 10 feature update, the rollout of the next-month release will happen in stages to devices across the world, once again in order to prevent major issues from hitting a large number of devices.

However, alternative download methods will also be offered, including a manual check for updates that will be available for users who don’t want to wait for the update to be automatically pushed to their devices.
 
 
 
 
 

 

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