Officially, Microsoft announced that this year the Anniversary Update will be the only one that we will receive. However, next year is expecting us with two more features.
The operating system that was launched in June 2015 was named Threshold 1. Microsoft then released a second update called Threshold 2, and the Anniversary Update is the third one. After Redstone 1 (as the Anniversary Update is codenamed), the company was initially planning to release Redstone 2 in 2016. However, then they decided to leave it for the beginning of 2017, apparently because they want to sync it with a new wave of hardware designed for Windows 10. Also, they will be following up with Redstone 3, so next year we will be enjoying 2 feature updates, one in the spring and one in the fall, if Microsoft sticks to its usual calendar.
An interesting thing to know if you’re keeping a close eye on Microsoft’s evolution is the fact that they mean different things with “upgrades” and “updates”. If you’ve been paying attention until now, by “upgrades” they refer to new features and refreshes for their OS, while “updates” refers to improvements in reliability and security, plus bug fixes. However, not many people are aware of this distinction.
Though initially Microsoft seemed to commit to release 2-3 upgrades every year for their new OS, Windows 10, it seems that they already broke the pattern by only offering the Anniversary Update (or Redstone 1) in 2016. But according to the plan, 2017 is going to fix this. Soon, Microsoft will release some test builds for Redstone 2 on their Insider preview test tool, so testers who have signed up for this will be able to get a glimpse of the upcoming features.