Change in the Windows 10 Support Model
In line with the upcoming Windows 10 fall update, Microsoft has reworked its support cycle for Windows 10. The software company has announced a total of four changes in the support for Windows 10 Enterprise and Education in a blog post:
- All still supported editions of Windows 10 Enterprise and Education in versions 1607, 1703, 1709, and 1803 are now supported for more than 30 months from the original release date.
- Beginning from the fall release, Windows version 1809, all future versions of Windows 10 Enterprise and Education will be supported for 30 months from the release date.
- All subsequent releases of Windows 10 Enterprise and Education, which will be released this spring, will be supported for 18 months from the release date. The support period will begin with Windows 10 1903.
- For the editions Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro and Office 365 ProPlus, however, nothing changes. Each semi-annual feature release is supported for 18 months.
With these changes, Microsoft wants to accommodate customers with longer deployment cycles, more time for planning, testing and rollout, without discriminating against customers who have already adopted the semi-annual update cycle. The last change in support cycles was made by the Group in February 2018. Thus, support for Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education has been extended to a total of 24 months for each release.
Updated Support Cycle for Windows 10