Windows 10 to change to 18 and 30 month support release cycles starting with 1809

Today Microsoft released a statement due to pressure and complaints from customers about the support life cycle of Windows 10. In this breaking news release the following was stated:

  • All currently supported feature updates of Windows 10 Enterprise and Education editions (versions 1607, 1703, 1709, and 1803) will be supported for 30 months from their original release date. This will give customers on those versions more time for change management as they move to a faster update cycle.

  • All future feature updates of Windows 10 Enterprise and Education editions with a targeted release month of September (starting with 1809) will be supported for 30 months from their release date. This will give customers with longer deployment cycles the time they need to plan, test, and deploy.

  • All future feature updates of Windows 10 Enterprise and Education editions with a targeted release month of March (starting with 1903) will continue to be supported for 18 months from their release date. This maintains the semi-annual update cadence as our north star and retains the option for customers that want to update twice a year.

  • All feature releases of Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, and Office 365 ProPlus will continue to be supported for 18 months (this applies to feature updates targeting both March and September).

To summarize, what this means for Enterprise customers is that:

Windows 10 1809 (and future xx09 releases) will be supported for a full 30 months.

Windows 10 1903 (and future xx03 releases) will be supported for 18 months.

Note that Windows 10 1607, 1703, 1709, 1803 will be supported for a full 30 months.

This is great news for customers struggling to keep up with the constant upgrade life cycle.

cheers

niall

 

more info > https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2018/09/06/helping-customers-shift-to-a-modern-desktop/

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