MC212678 – New update channel available; changing update channel default for new tenants; existing update channel names changing (archived)

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To help admins better prepare for the growing flow of innovation, the servicing model for Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise is evolving. Today we introduce a new update channel, Monthly Enterprise Channel. This new update channel was created in response to feedback from customers who were eager to adopt our Current Channel, but require added predictability, insights* and controls* when receiving new features every month. We are also announcing a change to the default update channel. Starting on June 9, 2020, Current Channel will become the default update channel for new Office 365 or Microsoft 365 tenants. This means that if you establish a new tenant after June 9, the default update channel for Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise will be Current Channel, not Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel. There is no change to the default update channels for existing tenants. Additionally, on June 9 we are also updating the names of existing update channels to offer admins more clarity into our servicing strategy. There will be no other changes to update channels or their cadence. You will see new names as your update channel gets the latest updates on June 9, 2020. New namesOld namesBeta ChannelInsiderCurrent Channel (Preview)Monthly Channel (Targeted)Current ChannelMonthly ChannelMonthly Enterprise ChannelN/ASemi-Annual Enterprise Channel (Preview)Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted)Semi-Annual Enterprise ChannelSemi-Annual Channel This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap IDs 63585, 63591, and 63757.

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