Microsoft last week rolled out what it called “Windows servicing calendars” to help enterprise customers schedule several product lines so IT can plan, prep and deploy each year’s updates.
Microsoft’s calendar concept highlighted when different parts of the Windows 10 upgrade process are to take place, how each successive refresh syncs — or doesn’t — with those it follows and precedes, and how other parts of the company’s ecosystem – notably Office/Microsoft 365 – are also best scheduled.
The graphical approach is not new. Computerworld has used it for years to clarify Microsoft’s bewildering, mutating schedules. And Computerworld cribbed it from Gartner Research, whose analysts Stephen Kleynhans and Michael Silver applied it to reports very early in Windows 10.