Windows 10 is officially done getting new features

Microsoft announce Windows 10 version 22H2, the feature update released last year, will be the last version of Windows 10 to ever be released. Microsoft will not provide feature updates for the nearly 8-year-old operating system. However, those running the operating system will continue to receive security updates until the end of support date, on October 14, 2025. This date has not changed.

Basically, nothing really changes for those using Windows 10. Windows 10 has already been mostly in maintenance mode since the launch of Windows 11, so that will continue for the rest of the support period. What this means, especially for those using the Home and Pro versions, is that you will no longer be required to install more feature updates in order to remain supported. Windows 10 version 22H2 is the version that will continue to get security updates until Windows 10 is no longer supported. Previously, each version of Windows 10 was only supported for 18 months after launch.

It should also be noted that LTSC (Long Term Service Channel) or LTSB customers are not affected by this change. LTSC releases have a separate support period and never get feature updates, so nothing changes there. Windows 10 2015 LTSB has the same end of support date of October 14, 2025, but Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2019 will be supported until 2029, and Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2021 will be supported at least until 2027 (Microsoft has not announced this) Extended support period for this version ).

Windows 11 LTSC launches in 2024

On the topic of LTSC customers, Microsoft also announced that it has finally released Windows 11 LTSC in the second half of 2024. Although it has been around for a while, Microsoft has not yet released a version of Windows 11 for long-term customers Service channel , but it looks like it will finally happen next year. Windows 11 Enterprise LTSC and Windows 11 Enterprise IoT LTSC will be available. For businesses waiting for a LTSC release of Windows 11, Microsoft says they can begin testing for application and hardware compatibility with the current version of the operating system, which is Windows 11 Version 22H2.

This is a somewhat late release for a LTSC version of Windows 11, considering that the operating system will be three years old at that point and that Microsoft was reported to be working on Windows 12 for release in 2024. It looks like the company will wait until Windows 11 is in. A more stable state and no major changes are planned to make it available to LTSC customers. It is reasonable to see that reliability and stability are the main reasons why companies choose LTSC licenses. It’s a different approach than we saw with Windows 10, where the LTSB release occurred shortly after the operating system launched.

Microsoft has not provided a more specific date for this Windows 11 LTSC release, and nothing else has changed regarding Windows 11 support at this time. Microsoft has not yet shared an end of support date for Windows 11 as a whole, but Windows 11 version 22H2 will be supported at least until October 14, 2025.

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