Some Users Might Not Get Windows 10 Anniversary Update Until November

While Microsoft has already said it will be rolling out the Windows 10 Anniversary Update "in phases," some users might not see the latest version of the operating system arrive on their devices until early November.

In an email sent to Windows 10 users over the past couple weeks, Microsoft noted that the update, which began rolling out on August 2, "may take up to 3 months to reach all users." However, users who don't want to wait for the automatic phased update, rolling out on newer devices first, can download the new version manually.

The update is available to users at no charge, as was the original version of Windows 10 that launched in July 2015. Microsoft ended free upgrades to Windows 10 in late July of this year. Customers who want to switch to the new operating system now will either have to pay $119 for the Home version or buy a new device that's already preloaded with Windows 10.

Phased Release Aimed at Identifying Issues

Writing yesterday on ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley reported that Microsoft is "throttling delivery" of the Anniversary Update so it can better track and resolve issues with the new version of the OS. She noted that there have already been "reports of compatibility issues" with a variety of applications and devices, including webcams, Kindle e-readers and McAfee security software.

Last week, technology writer Paul Thurrott also wrote about "reliability issues unexpectedly dogging the Windows 10 Anniversary Update." However, he added that the company's phased rollout is clearly aimed at methodically addressing such issues as they are identified.

"Microsoft will no doubt learn from this experience and improve its processes, ensuring that these types of problems don't impact the next major Windows 10 release, now expected in Spring 2017," Thurrott said.

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