Windows 10 support shake-up

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Even though some enterprises have adopted Microsoft's rapid update cycle of Windows 10, many enterprises asked Microsoft for more time and flexibility in the Windows 10 update cycle.

The new policy builds on and extends the commitments made in February this year.

Although Windows 10 has officially surpassed Windows 7 in terms of adoption, the latter is still prominent in the enterprise world despite maintenance costs.

Home windows 10's Action Center notification system may per chance well per chance perhaps additionally still now be extra reputable after Microsoft mounted an unnamed bid that had precipitated it to behave erratically. The slinger of Windows patches announced that the currently supported feature updates (1607, 1703, 1709 and 1803) will now receive 30 months of support from their original release dates. Microsoft has settled on two annual feature updates (the "Semi-Annual Channel", SAC) to Windows 10, one finalized in March (and delivered in April) and the other finalized in September (and delivered in October). With this, the enterprises will have a longer deployment cycles so that they take enough time to plan, test, and deploy. Future updates to Windows 10 Enterprise will also have 30 months of support, but that drops to 18 months next March. But before jumping to the rundown of the features, know about the release date of the Windows 10 Redstone 5 update.

For future releases, Microsoft is moving to separate support lifecycles for its twice-yearly releases. According to Microsoft blog, more details on this new service will be shared at Ignite and will possibly begin to preview this service on 1 October 2018 in North America. Users will only need to file a ticket through FastTrack which will be followed up by a Microsoft engineer to work along with the user until the problem has been solved.

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Windows 7 is otherwise scheduled to exit extended support by January 2020. Users can conveniently expect that applications which work on Windows 7 shall continue to work on Windows 10 and related feature updates.

Be your company's Microsoft insider with the help of these Windows and Office tutorials and our experts' analyses of Microsoft's enterprise products. It also noted that the Windows 7 ESU will be sold on a per-device basis and the price will increase each year.

Following are the features that are most expectedly hit the windows user with the launch of the new update.

These changes essentially represent a correction: Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2016, and Office 2016 all remain supported for a number of years, creating a reasonable expectation that they'd remain compatible (with Office ProPlus and the online services) for their full supported lifetimes.

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