In the first post of this series I focused on some of the top Office questions and concerns I was seeing, now it’s time to take a closer look at some of the Windows announcements that were included, or more specifically, the Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Enterprise announcements that were made.
The main part off the announcement was that the abovementioned Windows 10 versions 1511, 1607, 1703 and 1709 will have 24 months of servicing, which gives us this table.
|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|
This is an extension of the support announcement from November 2017, and it does not apply to Pro or Consumer SKUs. This also means that it doesn’t apply to Windows 10 Business as enabled by Microsoft 365 Business, because it is just a naming change to highlight how it is being managed.
The second major Windows portion of the post was for Windows 10 Enterprise Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) 2018, which will be available later in 2018. This includes updated features and new processor support, but doesn’t all of the features and functionality of Windows 10 Enterprise Semi-Annual Channel. There is also a crossover Office/Windows component here – If you are planning on running Office 2019 on Windows 10 LTSC it will need to be Windows 10 LTSC 2018, not one of the earlier LTSC releases.