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Microsoft hints at early April release of Windows 10’s next feature upgrade

Microsoft this week released the first preview of what will become Windows 10 version 1809, this year’s second feature upgrade and the one slated to ship this fall.

But the debut of what Microsoft calls the “Skip Ahead” build for Windows 10 1809 also hints that the release of the spring feature upgrade, aka 1803, will take place in early April.

On Wednesday, Microsoft forked the 1803 preview of Windows 10 – as it’s done before when it nears release of a feature upgrade – so that developers could continue to deliver beta code for that build while also beginning to work on the next-in-line, 1809. (Microsoft uses a yymm labeling system to mark its Windows 10 feature upgrades; 1803 indicates a March 2018 release, while 1809 marks a September release.)

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Office 365: Enterprise usage doesn’t translate into enterprise value

Although enterprise subscribers to Office 365 typically use a large number of the in-the-cloud-and-on-premises suite’s components, only two – email and the Office applications – provide significant value, a recently-released survey showed.

The disconnect between usage and value was portrayed by research firm Gartner, which in mid-2017 polled more than 160 IT professionals to collect opinions on Office 365 in the enterprise.

“There’s a baseline of value to switching to the cloud, especially if things were expensive to manage [on premises],” said Craig Roth, a Gartner research vice president and the author of a report capitalizing on the survey. “But the real value comes when you start changing your work processes to take advantage [of Office 365] to its full extent.”

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