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Deferred Channel Build Replaces Current Branch for Business

Microsoft has renamed its Current Branch for Business releases, and will now refer to them as Deferred Channel Builds.


From Microsoft’s Office Blog: “The first Office 365 Deferred Channel build (previously known as Current Branch for Business) is now available for Microsoft Office 365 for Windows (including Office 365 ProPlus, Office 365 Business, Project Pro for Office 365 and Visio Pro for Office 365). The Deferred Channel allows organizations to choose an update schedule that reduces the frequency of feature changes for the Windows desktop apps, enabling IT admins and developers to have more time between releases to validate Office against their line-of-business applications, add-ins and macros. For information on the updates available in the Deferred Channel build, visit the Office 365 Client Release Notes.”


Microsoft introduced the new Office 2016 update model in September 2015. Since that time, customers have provided positive feedback for the ability to have control over the frequency of feature changes and have more time for validation. Microsoft has decided to further refine the update model as well as rename the service.


“Customers wanting to receive monthly feature and security updates can use Current Channel. Customers who want to limit feature changes to every four months can choose the Deferred Channel. Early access to a fully supported build for both channels will be available through the First Release for Current Channel and First Release for Deferred Channel.”

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  • New First Release for Deferred Channel vs. Old First Release for Current Branch for Business