Microsoft explains how it's rolling out the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Much like previous Windows 10 updates, the Fall Creators Update will roll out in phases. Here's a look at how Microsoft is tackling that process.

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update recently began its public rollout, bringing an end to months of testing with Windows Insiders. Unsurprisingly, Microsoft is performing this rollout in phases, and it has taken to a new blog post to clarify what devices will get the update first and how it intends to proceed from there.

Essentially, Microsoft explains, we can expect newer devices to get the update first. "The Fall Creators Update begins rolling out to newer devices tested by us and our device partners," Microsoft explains. "By starting with machines which we believe will have the best update experience, we are able to get focused feedback on application compatibility and how Windows works with the rich ecosystem of available peripherals like Bluetooth devices or cameras."

From that initial wave of devices, Microsoft says that it continues to monitor feedback from Windows Insiders and device partners to choose when and where to accelerate the rollout to additional devices. That process is simply repeated until the update is available to all devices running Windows 10 around the world. Microsoft does note that it has increased the number of Windows 10 devices it tested with partners ahead of release, so the net is presumably a little wider this go-around.

FCU Staged Rollout

We've seen the usual smattering of bugs as the Fall Creators Update began its rollout, and the phased approach should help Microsoft catch the worst issues before they have a chance to spread to the Windows 10 user base as a whole.

For more, including an overview of Microsoft's approach to enterprise deployment, check out Microsoft's full blog post. And for a deep dive, give our full Fall Creators Update review a look.