Microsoft today said its latest Windows 10 upgrade, the "Creators Update," is suitable for broad deployment by businesses, marking an important milestone for the edition and simultaneously setting its retirement in 14 months.

The move also begins a countdown clock on support for the late-2015 version of Windows 10, which will be struck from the rolls in October.

"Windows 10 1703 is ready for that broad deployment, based on feedback that we've received from organizations, ISVs, partners, OEMs, and consumers that have already done it," said Michael Niehaus, a director of product marketing, in a post to the company's TechNet site, a resource for IT professionals. Niehaus referred to the Creators Update by its numerical label, 1703, which is in Microsoft's yymm format.

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