Windows 7 is projected to reach the end-of-support in January 2020 for consumers, but Microsoft is offering paid extensions for Windows 7 security updates. Microsoft has also decided to extend the support cycle for businesses using Windows 10 to help them make the shift to modern desktop.
In a blog post, Microsoft announced that they will be extending the support cycle for businesses running Windows 10 Enterprise and Education from 18 months to 30 months for feature updates released this month and later. Windows 10 Pro and Home will continue to have a 18 month support cycle for released feature updates.
The blog post explains how the Windows 10 support will be extended:
Based on that feedback, we’re announcing four changes:
- All currently supported feature updates of Windows 10 Enterprise and Education editions (versions 1607, 1703, 1709, and 1803) will be supported for 30 months from their original release date. This will give customers on those versions more time for change management as they move to a faster update cycle.
- All future feature updates of Windows 10 Enterprise and Education editions with a targeted release month of September (starting with 1809) will be supported for 30 months from their release date. This will give customers with longer deployment cycles the time they need to plan, test, and deploy.
- All future feature updates of Windows 10 Enterprise and Education editions with a targeted release month of March (starting with 1903) will continue to be supported for 18 months from their release date. This maintains the semi-annual update cadence as our north star and retains…