Or gradual rollout, as the company prefers to call it. If you have been waiting for the update notification for the recently released Fall Creators Update, then rest assured, that you are one of many.
And that’s because Microsoft is taking its sweet time in rolling out this newest version of its OS.
The global rollout started on October 17, and one week on, only new devices seem to have received this version. Apparently, the software titan wants to take it slow in order to deliver a smooth upgrade experience to user.
That is what John Cable, the Director of Program Management, Windows Servicing and Delivery points out in a recent blog post, revealing that Redmond is collecting telemetry data from the first systems that are getting the update to improve the release for others.
“The Fall Creators Update begins rolling out to newer devices tested by us and our device partners. By starting with machines which we believe will have the best update experience, we are able to get focused feedback on application compatibility and how Windows works with the rich ecosystem of available peripherals like Bluetooth devices or cameras.”
Microsoft is using all existing feedback channels to determine any potential issues users may run into when upgrading to the Fall Creators Update, and uses this data to decide whether the new OS should be made available to more computers or not.
“We closely monitor feedback from fans and early adopters, through programs like Windows Insiders and Windows Insider for Business, in addition to feedback from our OEM device partners, and customers like you! This helps us determine when to accelerate the release to additional devices. We repeat this process until all compatible devices running Windows 10 worldwide are offered the Fall Creators Update.”
You may recall the company using a similar approach for the Creators Update, where it took 3 months to complete the rollout. Expect this process to take a very nearly the same amount of time.
We could be here a while.