We're now just a few weeks away from the rollout of the Windows 10 Creators Update. Naturally, speculation is growing over Microsoft's schedule for its release, and how things will come together before its planned launch in April.
Today, Windows Central reported that Microsoft is expected to "begin its internal sign-off process" for the Creators Update this week. As part of that process, the company will move towards finalizing a release candidate build, which it will then distribute through the various Windows Insider rings starting next week, to assess its viability for general release.
The report states that Microsoft is aiming to begin the general rollout of the Creators Update for PCs on April 11 - next month's Patch Tuesday - and as with last year's Anniversary Update, that rollout will then proceed in 'waves', as the company monitors how the update is progressing, looking out for any potential show-stopping issues. However, it's also claimed that "all other devices [are] expected to get the update before May", which would be a much faster rollout than that of the Anniversary Update, which took around three months to complete.
The report also says that it's "unlikely that Xbox or Windows 10 Mobile will receive the update on the same day". In fact, Microsoft already confirmed last week that "the initial update will be for desktop, but other versions will be available thereafter".
According to the report, the first Insider Preview build from the Redstone 3 branch will be released "sometime in late April". This seems like a pretty safe bet, given that Microsoft released its first Redstone 2 preview, build 14901, nine days after the Anniversary Update (Redstone 1) was released for PCs.
Source: Windows Central