Around this date, Microsoft ships Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2022 (Long-term Servicing Channel). But because 2103 has a limited shelf life – its support expires not much more than a year from now – few take Microsoft up on the offer. That's just one reason why everyone should be marking the calendar with the critical Windows events. The Semi-Annual Channel is a twice-per-year feature update release with 18-month servicing timelines for each release. |. That promise, though, got misplaced as Microsoft rearranged and rejiggered Windows 10's support and update practices. Windows Server release information. 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It was unclear if the delay for declaring Windows 1909 ready for business was a one-off or the new normal. Microsoft strongly hinted on July 22 that it was kicking off forced upgrades for 1903. Although this original LTSB (a second was released in August 2016 and a third debuted in November 2018) has five more years of "Extended" support coming to it, this date ends some support offerings, such as feature change requests and non-security bug fixes. Mobile devices include smartphones, handheld tablet computers and personal digital assistants. This page lists and links to information on the various versions of Microsoft Windows, a major computer operating system developed by Microsoft. When Microsoft announced the "Download and install now" (DaIN) option in 2019, it reserved the right to upgrade Windows 10 PCs when they are "at, or within several months of reaching, end of service." Customers should monitor the Windows release health dashboard for Microsoft's green light message. All editions except LTSB/LTSC: Major versions serviced for 18 months from release date (30 months for Enterprise customers). "Mainstream" support ends for Windows 10 Enterprise 2016 LTSB, the second no-changes-allowed build that Microsoft offered for deployment in instances unsuited to the Windows-as-a-service model. Windows 10 Enterprise 2015 LTSB will continue in Extended support until Oct. 14, 2025.). Because of its 18-month support lifecycle, this refresh will be installed primarily by Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro customers. Each year of Windows 10 witnesses new decay of the original concept. Microsoft begins rolling out Windows 10 21H2, aka "October 2021 Update," after this date. I don;t think they plan to release any other version after this. What it won't do, at least not yet, is tell its most important customers – enterprises and other large organizations – how to plan for the year. Windows 10 Home/Pro/Pro Workstation 20H2 runs out of support around April 12, 2022, giving Microsoft 16 weeks to push the latest code to those PCs. Microsoft kicks off its forced upgrades to replace Windows 10 Home 20H2 and Windows 10 Pro 20H2 with the year-later refresh Windows 10 21H2. As it dodged the question of 2020's format, Microsoft called the service pack-like Windows 10 1909 of several months ago a "pilot" and said it was "closely monitoring feedback and hoping to learn from this type of release to help influence our future plans.". (As already noted, the Redmond, Wash. developer changed its feature upgrade naming convention in June, dropping the yymm format of prior for the new yyH1 and yyH2 for each year's first- and second-half releases.). Windows 10 was supposed to release, rinse and repeat on a metronomic cadence. Microsoft gives Windows 10 2103 the green light around this date, telling IT professionals that the spring upgrade has been put through the field-test wringer and is safe to deploy across their organizations. For a more detailed description of Mainstream and Extended, refer to this document. Sometime near this date, Microsoft may tell commercial customers that Windows 10 21H2 – the update released 16 weeks ago – is ready for broad deployment. This message, for it will be just that, posted with nary an announcement except for a brief line from the Windows Update Twitter account, will appear on the Windows release health dashboard. Computerworld says "may" because Microsoft waited until May 27 to give the same green light to corporate customers for Windows 10 1909, the minor upgrade released six and a half months earlier, on Nov. 12, 2019. Somewhere around this date, Microsoft may inform businesses that Windows 10 2009 – the service pack issued three months ago – is ready to deploy throughout their environments. Windows 10 1903 falls off the support list Dec. 8, 2020, or 16 weeks from this date. In this section, a client version of Windows is a version that end-users or OEMs can install on personal computers, including desktop computers, laptops, and workstations. 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