With Windows 10, Microsoft introduced a brand new perpetual update system. So instead of releasing a new OS a few years down the line, the company plans to continuously update Windows 10. As a result, the days of forklift migrations and app compatibility concerns are in the past. If an app runs on Windows 10 now, it should run on Windows 10 forever.
The Windows 10 update process has four update branches IT departments can choose from. The first is the Insider Preview Branch. This branch allows members of the Microsoft Insider Program to work with updates before they are available to the general public. Next is Current Branch. Current Branch updates devices as soon as the latest update is available and is aimed at consumer devices. Current Branch for Business, which is a better enterprise fit, provides a four-month period for IT pros to test out updates and gives them eight months to actually apply them. Last but not least, the Long Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) gives IT the most flexibility. Updates come every nine to 18 months and companies do not have to apply them for 10 years. To use the LTSB, an organization must run Windows 10 Enterprise and have a licensing agreement with Microsoft.