Microsoft has just announced that Windows 10 Education and Windows 10 Enterprise would receive six more months of support as part of a new policy that was introduced following customer feedback.
The Redmond-based technology giant says all Windows 10 versions that are still being supported will benefit from the 6-month extension. The next Windows 10 release to get the ax is version 1511 (November Update) which was originally due to reach end of life on October 10, 2017, but which will continue to get updates until April 10, 2018.
The most recent version of Windows 10, namely the Fall Creators Update (version 1709) was initially projected to be pulled on April 9, 2019, but following today’s announcement, support will continue to be offered until October 8, 2019.
“Some have requested an extension to the standard 18 months of support for Windows 10 releases. To help these customers, we are announcing an additional six months of servicing for the Enterprise and Education editions of Windows 10, versions 1607, 1703, and 1709. (Additional servicing for Windows 10, version 1511 was announced in November.) This extension will be offered via normal channels,” Microsoft says.
Complex upgrade for enterprises
The company also announced that companies and organizations running Windows 10 Enterprise or Education and which can’t upgrade before end of support would be provided with additional paid servicing options, but specifics in this regard are only provided privately by a Microsoft account team.
While consumers typically upgrade to the latest Windows 10 version in the first weeks and months of availability, the process is substantially more complex and involves more resources in the case of enterprises where app and hardware compatibility plays a decisive role.
This is one of the reasons so many companies are running older Windows 10 versions, and at the time time, the explanation why Windows XP is still alive and kicking at this point despite having reached end of support in April 2014.