Microsoft adds six months support to Windows 10 1803, citing pandemic
Microsoft on Wednesday stretched support for a third version of Windows 10, again citing the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on business.
The Redmond, Washington, developer extended security support for Windows 10 Enterprise 1803 and Windows 10 Education 1803 by six months, to 11 May, 2021. The original end-of-support date was to be 10 November 2020.
“We have heard your feedback and understand your need to focus on business continuity in the midst of the global pandemic,” Chris Morrissey, who leads the communications team for Windows’ servicing group, wrote in a post to a company blog. “As a result, we have decided to delay the scheduled end-of-service date for the Enterprise, Education, and IoT Enterprise editions of Windows 10, version 1803.”
The extension was the third awarded to Windows 10 since March, when many businesses sent employees home to work. First, Microsoft added six months to Windows 10 Enterprise 1709 and Windows 10 Education 1709, giving users until Oct. 13, not April 14, to get off that aged version. Next, in April Microsoft padded Windows 10 Home 1809 and Windows 10 Pro 1809 with six additional months of support, pushing out its end-of-support date from 12 May to 10 November.
By slapping six extra months on Windows 10 Enterprise 1803 and Windows 10 Education 1803, Microsoft will end up supporting those SKUs (stock-keeping units) for slightly more than 36 months. The extension will be the first given to a spring upgrade (1803 was released 30 April 2018) since the September 2018 support overhaul.
Microsoft is giving a support reprieve only to the Enterprise and Education editions of 1803 because the others – Windows 10 Home 1803 and Windows 10 Pro 1803 – aged out nine months ago, on 12 November 2019, at the 18-month mark.
The stay of support may let enterprises currently running Windows 10 1803 migrate to this autumn’s Windows 10 20H2 (the new nomenclature of yyH2 for a year’s second-half upgrade), which should be available starting in October or November. Absent the extension, those customers would have probably settled on Windows 10 1909, the prior year’s autumn upgrade that came with 30 months of support. Or worse, Windows 10 2004, which like all spring upgrades, sports just 18 months of support for all SKUs.
Windows 10 1803’s security updates will be “available via our standard servicing outlets” through 11 May,” said Morrissey, including Windows Update, WSUS and the Microsoft Update Catalog.
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