While most consumers welcome the bi-annual release cycle of major Windows 10 updates, many enterprise and education customers of Microsoft are finding it difficult to keep up with the pace at which Microsoft is delivering new Windows 10 releases. These customers requested Microsoft for an extension to the standard 18 months of support for Windows 10 releases and Microsoft has now accepted their feedback. Today, Microsoft announced an additional six months of servicing for the Enterprise and Education editions of Windows 10 (Windows 10, versions 1607, 1703, and 1709).
|Release||Release date||End of support||End of additional servicing for Enterprise, Education|
|Windows 10, version 1511||November 10, 2015||October 10, 2017||April 10, 2018|
|Windows 10, version 1607||August 2, 2016||April 10, 2018||October 9, 2018|
|Windows 10, version 1703||April 5, 2017||October 9, 2018||April 9, 2019|
|Windows 10, version 1709||October 17, 2017||April 9, 2019||October 8, 2019|
Microsoft today also announced updates to Office 365 Pro Plus system requirements. First, Office 365 ProPlus will not be supported on Windows 10 Semi-Annual Channel (SAC) versions that are no longer being serviced. Second, from January 14, 2020, ProPlus will not be supported on the following versions of Windows.
- Any Windows 10 LTSC release
- Windows Server 2016 and older
- Windows 8.1 and older
Microsoft believes this will ensure that both Office and Windows receive regular and coordinated updates. Microsoft today also announced that the next Long-Term Servicing Channel release of Windows 10 will be Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2018 and it will be released in the fall of 2018. This new release will add support for the latest generations of processors and it will be released under Microsoft’s fixed lifecycle policy with a term of 5 years of mainstream support and 5 years of extended support.