Updating them on these changes
The following illustration shows the relationship between the Office 365 Pro Plus update channels and the approximate release schedule.For more information about the Office 365 Pro Plus and Windows 10 update models, see Overview of update channels for Office 365 Pro Plus and Windows 10 servicing branches.Even though there are changes to release names, release schedules, and support duration, how you update Office 365 Pro Plus remains the same.For example, if Office 365 Pro Plus is currently configured to use Deferred Channel and to get updates directly from the Office Content Delivery Network (CDN), there are no changes you need to make for the January 2018 release of the first Semi-Annual Channel. If you manage the update process by downloading updated versions of Office 365 Pro Plus and then deploying those updates with your enterprise software deployment tools, such as System Center Configuration Manager, you can continue to do that just like you have been doing.
The following table provides a summary of the purpose, target audience, and release frequency of each update channel.
The first version of Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) is scheduled to be released on September 12, 2017.
The first Semi-Annual Channel is scheduled to be released on January 9, 2018.
Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) releases for Office 365 Pro Plus are intended to provide enterprises time to pilot and to validate their line-of-business applications, add-ins, and macros with Office 365 Pro Plus before Semi-Annual Channel is released.
If you find problems with a release of Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted), provide feedback as soon as possible to Microsoft through your Microsoft Premier agreement or your Microsoft account representative.
The first alignment of Office 365 Pro Plus and Windows 10 semi-annual releases is currently planned for September 2017.