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Fourth major Windows 10 update reportedly pushed back to 2017

After Surface challenges, "Redstone 2" held up for hardware

While originally slated for a late 2016 release, Redstone 2, the fourth major update to Windows 10, is reportedly staying in the oven until early next year.

That's according to reports from Mary Jo Foley and Zac Bowden. A major release can be held up for any number of reasons, but it looks like this time, Microsoft is holding it up to time it a little better with forthcoming hardware. While the Surface Book and other recent devices were generally well reviewed, some of that praise was quickly hampered by a variety of hardware glitches.

This time, Microsoft seems intent on doing it right. As Richard Hay reports on SuperSite:

So over the last 4 or 5 months new retail devices with Windows 10 Mobile have been and are still running a pre-release version of the mobile operating system and that has not gone terribly well for users with the widely reported stability and reliability issues.

Since we learned from MJF that Redstone 2 is likely connected to new collection of Windows 10 hardware Microsoft certainly wants the latest production build of Windows 10 available ahead of the hardware’s release.

By choosing to delay Redstone 2 until early 2017, Microsoft should be able to finish development of the third major update to Windows 10 in time for a final public release that ties into the new hardware.

On top of that, they will also want to have time to work on preventing a repeat of the first five months of power and sleep issues that dogged Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book after their release. Although, now that these issues are finally fixed owners are happy but may want to now think twice about being Insiders with those devices.

So looking ahead what devices might we be seeing from Microsoft in that early 2017 timeframe? I would speculate that maybe the long rumored and talked about Surface Phone could be in the mix along with Surface Pro 5 and Surface Book 2.

 

We'll continue reporting as more information is released.
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