Microsoft in its effort to provide customers more time with additional deployment flexibility has announced servicing and support changes for Windows 10 update cycle.
A longer Windows 10 servicing for enterprises and educational institutions— Microsoft has permanently extended support for Windows 10 Enterprise and Education updates to 30 months.
Back in April 2017, Microsoft announced an 18 months support for each version of Windows 10. Since using this semi-annual channel to take updates every six months did not make business customers comfortable. Microsoft offered a 24-month window to Enterprise and Education SKUs.
Now, the feedback from these customers revealed they need more time and flexibility, so Microsoft extended the update cycle to 30 months.
“Based on that feedback, we’re announcing four changes,” the company stated.
Since semi-annual updates would have at least five Windows 10 versions supported at a time, i.e on top of Long-Term Servicing Channel releases and Server releases, it does make sense for every other version to get a longer support.
The support for 30-month from the original release date applies to all currently supported updates, of Enterprise and Education editions (versions 1607, 1703, 1709, and 1803).
Because, Windows 10 is on a semi-annual update cadence, targeting September and March:
- All future feature updates targeting September will be supported for 30 months starting with version 1809, including the upcoming October 2018 Update.
- All future feature updates with a target of March will continue to 18 months starting with Enterprise and Education SKUs of Windows 10 version 1903 19H1.
Once again, this updated support only applies to Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education.
That said, Windows 10 Home and Pro, as well as versions of Office 365 ProPlus will still be on 18 months support.
This update cycle applies to all, feature updates targeting both March and September.
Below you can see the summary of new modern desktop support policies of Windows 10 home and Pro, Windows 10 Education and Enterprise, and Office 365 ProPlus, that starts in September 2018:
“The semi-annual cadence is still our North Star,” he said. “We want to keep kicking that can down the road.”