Support for recent Windows 10 versions extended for enterprise, education users
Microsoft is extending its support window for Windows 10 Enterprise and Education users for its three most recent updates.
In an update posted to its TechNet site (opens in new tab), Microsoft has announced extensions to recent versions of Windows 10 for Enterprise and Education users. Intended to give organizations more time to move to Microsoft's Windows as a Service model (WaaS), Windows 10 versions 1607, 1703, and 1709 will be supported for an additional six months.
Servicing will now end for each version on the following dates:
- Windows 10 version 1607: October 9, 2018
- Windows 10 version 1703: April 9, 2019
- Windows 10 version 1709: October 8, 2019
Under WaaS, each major feature release for Windows 10 is flighted to the public more quickly than in previous versions of Windows. As a result, each release is only supported for a limited time. These latest extensions follow a similar move taken by Microsoft last fall to support Windows 10 version 1511 for an additional six months, running through April 2018.
Microsoft also clarified some system requirements for Office 365 ProPlus. ProPlus will not be supported on Windows 10 Semi-Annual Channel (SAC) versions that are no longer being serviced, Microsoft says. Additionally, ProPlus will no longer be supported on any Windows 10 LTSC release, Windows Server 2016 and older, or Windows 8.1 and older, as of January 14, 2020.
Lastly, reiterating what it already announced at Ignite 2017, Microsoft says it still expects Office 2019 to release in the second half of 2018. Preview versions of the new apps are expected to start shipping in the second quarter. As for support, Microsoft says Office 2019 will only work on Windows 10 and it will receive mainstream support for five years.
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Except for 1607, which was extended, support for 1703 and 1709 is basically unchanged?
Nah, 1703 should have ended around Oct 2018. This is positive news where I work. We're moving to 1703 from W7 which has taken longer than it should. We were looking at a feature update within months of a complete roll-out which we weren't looking forward to doing so soon.