What we know about Windows 10 Service Release 1 (SR1)

A possible release date has surfaced for the upcoming Windows 10 Service Release 1 update to the release version of the new OS.

Richard Hay, Senior Content Producer

August 5, 2015

2 Min Read
What we know about Windows 10 Service Release 1 (SR1)

When our own Rod Trent returned from attending the Windows Insider and Windows 10 launch events in New York City last week he shared some insight he gained during the various conversations he participated in.

One of the big pieces of info was the reminder that Windows 10, the release everyone is receiving after 29/7, is the beginnings of this new OS. Windows as a Service (WaaS) is a term that has been used to describe this process of keeping the OS up to date and continually improving it.

It was also reiterated that Windows Insiders are a big element of this WaaS process and will be testing updates before they head out to the general population. Just yesterday the ability to opt into receiving Insider builds is once again live and the next build should arrive soon for testing.

Which brings me to Windows 10 Service Release 1 (SR1).

Rod learned last week that SR1 will be available sometime in early August according to Gabe Aul. There has not been any specific date mentioned for that release but a recent tip sent to us points towards next Monday, the 10th of August, as that availability date.

Testing should see Windows Insiders getting that update after it checks out inside of Microsoft and prior to it becoming widely available for all users.  So is that 10 August date when Insiders will see it or when they expect to release it across the board?

If that is the target date for a wide release then Insiders should be seeing this update very soon.

Windows 10 SR1 is a collection of fixes according to Aul and could contain some new features but the primary purpose of the update is to address post release issues.

SR1 will be followed later this year by a planned update that is expected to include new features including some for OneDrive, Skype and the arrival of extension support for Microsoft Edge.

If you are an Insider be aware that those initial updates in the post Windows 10 release program will be full builds instead of just update packages. According to Aul that should only be for the first few updates to Windows 10.

Thanks to Victor for the tip about the SR1 availability date.

But, wait...there's probably more so be sure to follow me on Twitter and Google+.

About the Author(s)

Richard Hay

Senior Content Producer, IT Pro Today (Informa Tech)

I served for 29 plus years in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer in November 2011. My work background in the Navy was telecommunications related so my hobby of computers fit well with what I did for the Navy. I consider myself a tech geek and enjoy most things in that arena.

My first website – AnotherWin95.com – came online in 1995. Back then I used GeoCities Web Hosting for it and WindowsObserver.com is the result of the work I have done on that site since 1995.

In January 2010 my community contributions were recognized by Microsoft when I received my first Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award for the Windows Operating System. Since then I have been renewed as a Microsoft MVP each subsequent year since that initial award. I am also a member of the inaugural group of Windows Insider MVPs which began in 2016.

I previously hosted the Observed Tech PODCAST for 10 years and 317 episodes and now host a new podcast called Faith, Tech, and Space. 

I began contributing to Penton Technology websites in January 2015 and in April 2017 I was hired as the Senior Content Producer for Penton Technology which is now Informa Tech. In that role, I contribute to ITPro Today and cover operating systems, enterprise technology, and productivity.


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