August 28, 2020
Last Wednesday, Microsoft extended backing for the third version of Windows 10, again citing the coronavirus pandemic and its effect on the business.
The developer from Redmond, Wash, has extended security support for Windows 10 Enterprise 1803 and Windows 10 Education 1803 by six months starting from Mid-November to May 11, 2021. The formerly end-of-support date was to be November 10.
“We have heard your feedback and understand your need to focus on business continuity amid the global pandemic,” Chris Morrissey, the communications team leader for Windows’ servicing group, composed in an article to a business 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 upcoming extension was the third granted to Windows 10 since March when many businesses sent their employees home to work from home setup. Initially, Microsoft added six months to Windows 10 enterprise 1709 and Windows 10 Education 1709, allowing users until October 13, and not April 14, to take off the aged version. Secondly, in April, Microsoft lengthened Windows 10 Home 1809 and Windows 10 Pro 1809 with six supplementary months of maintenance, pushing out its end-of-support date from May 12 to November 10.
Microsoft will end up supporting those SKUs (stock-keeping units) for somewhat more than 36 months by giving six extra months on Windows 10 Enterprise 1803 and Windows 10 Education 1803. The extension will be given to a spring upgrade (1803 was released on April 30, 2018) since the September 2018 support overhaul.
Microsoft is giving a maintenance amnesty only to the Enterprise and Education editions of 1803 since the others – Windows 10 Home 1803 and Windows 10 Pro 1803 – aged from nine months ago, on November 12, 2019, 18-month mark.
The break of support may let enterprises presently running Windows 10 1803 roam to this fall’s Windows 10 20H2 (the new jargon of yyH2 for a year’s second-half upgrade) be available beginning in October or November. Lacking the extension, those customers would have perhaps settled on Windows 10 1909, the prior year’s fall improvement that originated with 30 months of support. Or worse, Windows 10 2004, which like all spring upgrades, sporting just 18 months of sustenance for all SKUs.
Windows 10 1803’s security updates will be “available via our standard servicing outlets” through May 11, said Morrissey, counting Windows Update, WSUS, and the Microsoft Update Catalog.