IT admins want one, and only one, Windows 10 upgrade annually

Though they question how Microsoft has reduced the number of Windows 10 refreshes, for admins it's clearly a case of less is more.

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IT administrators voiced strong support for Microsoft's move to a fewer-than-two-upgrades-a-year Windows 10 cadence, even as many question the way the Redmond, Wash. developer has reduced the number of refreshes.

Approximately 75% of nearly 500 IT professionals said that Windows 10's feature upgrades – which officially remain on a twice-annual schedule – should be released no more than once a year. More than half of those admins – 40% of all polled – voted for one upgrade per year while the remainder, or 35%, chose the one-every-two-years option from a survey on patching, updating and upgrading.

Less than 8% picked a twice-a-year cadence as their preference, and only a tenth of that – or 0.8% – want more than two each year on themselves and their colleagues.

The results came from a questionnaire distributed last month by Susan Bradley, a computer network and security consultant who moderates the mailing list where IT administrators discuss updates and exchange information. Bradley also writes for, the Windows tip site run by Woody Leonard, a Computerworld blogger.

"Once a year is more than enough," wrote one IT admin in a comment appended to the questionnaire. "((That)) keeps it in line with other OSes."

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