As it did final year for Windows 10 1511, Microsoft is adding 6 additional months of support for a latest 3 Windows 10 updates (1607, 1703 and 1709).
Announcing a support extensions today, Feb 1, Microsoft officials remarkable these extensions request usually to a Enterprise and Education editions of a handling system. This additional 6 months of support won’t be offering to users of other versions of Windows 10. That means Windows 10 Home, Pro, Mobile, and Mobile Enterprise contingency be on a reegularly upheld recover (currently, 1607, 1703 or 1709) to continue to get confidence and other updates.
Microsoft’s process has been to support new versions of Windows 10 — a twice-yearly underline updates it calls “Semi Annual Channel” releases — for 18 months. These extensions now strike that duration to 24 months, again, usually for Enterprise and Education customers.
Microsoft officials pronounced these extensions are for those “who need a small additional time to exercise Windows as a service” — basically, a same reason they gave when announcing a support extensions for 1511.
Microsoft also firmed adult now a finish of support dates for a latest Windows 10 releases. Before today, Microsoft was providing “tentative” finish of support dates for these updates. Now we have tangible finish of support dates, as indicated in this draft below:
Windows 10 1511 finish of support was Oct 10, 2017, though Enterprise and Education users have until Apr 10, 2018 to continue to get rags and updates.
Windows 10 1607 — that began rolling out in Aug 2016, now has an end-of support date of Apr 10, 2018 (plus a 6 month prolongation for Enterprise and Education until Oct 9, 2018). Windows 10 1703, that Microsoft began delivering in Apr 2017, will strike a finish of support date on Oct 9, 2018 (with a prolongation for Enterprise/Education until Apr 9, 2019). And Windows 10 1709, that Microsoft began rolling out in Oct 2017, has an finish of support date of Apr 9, 2018 and prolongation for Enterprise/Education until Oct 8, 2019.
(Before today, those finish of support dates were listed on a Microsoft Support Lifecycle page as “tentatively Mar 2018” for Windows 10 1607; “tentatively Sep 2018” for Windows 10 1703; and “tentatively Mar 2019” for Windows 10 1709.)
Here’s another new bit: Microsoft also will offer “additional paid servicing options” to Windows 10 Enterprise and Education business usually starting with Windows 10 1607. This means those business could check relocating to a newer chronicle of Windows 10 even longer — for some non-publicly-specified price. Those who need/want this choice should “contact your Microsoft comment team,” today’s blog post says.
(Note: This kind of paid patching prolongation is not unprecedented. Microsoft did this with Windows XP and other products. With XP, shopping some-more patching time didn’t come cheap, though variable paid off.)
Microsoft also announced now that a subsequent Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) recover of Windows 10 Enterprise will be a book that ships in a tumble of 2018 — famous for now as Windows 10 1809.
The LTSC release, before famous as Long Term Servicing Branch, or LTSB, is meant for mission-critical systems that are not matched for unchanging updates. It comes wihout in-box apps, Microsoft Edge and Cortana. This LTSC recover will be supported, as usual, for 5 years of mainstream support and 5 years of extended support.