Microsoft's next feature upgrade to Windows 10 will be released Oct. 17, weeks later than the company had earlier pegged as the delivery schedule.

"The next update of Windows 10, the Fall Creators Update, will be available worldwide October 17," said Terry Myerson, the executive who leads the company's operating systems and devices division, in a post to a company blog.

"Fall Creators Update" is the name Microsoft gave to the feature upgrade, which also is known as version 1709, the latter displayed in the Redmond, Wash. developer's yymm format. The "09" part of the label refers to September, just as Windows 10 version 1703 designated the March upgrade. (Which was actually released April 5.)

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