Windows 10 is Microsoft’s latest OS that was released two and a half years ago. Since it was launched in July 2015 until today, Microsoft released several major updates or versions of it, the most recent one being the Fall Creators Update that was launched last October. Although all of these are Windows 10 versions, not all of them have the same lifecycles and even some of them no longer have official support. In addition to that, the support of two more Windows 10 versions will end in 2018.
Except for some specific cases, Windows 10 versions will be supported for 18 months, whereas Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC will be supported for 10 years.
The lifecycles of Windows 10’s first two versions, 1507 and 1511, ended last year: the former in May; the latter, which is the November Update, in October 2017.
So far, every version after 1511 was supported. However, as 2018 goes by, two more versions of this OS will be left without support. The first one will be the 1607 version, also known as Anniversary Update, which will no longer be supported from March 2018 onward, while the second one, the 1703 version, also known as Creators Update, will no longer be supported in September 2018.
Once these versions’ support comes to an end, users who fail to update will stop receiving security updates and patches, which is very dangerous nowadays if we browse the web.
We can see the complete end-of-support sheet of the different Windows versions in this link.
We must update Windows 10 to a current version as soon as possible
Last week, we told you that more than half of Windows 10 users had already updated it to the Fall Creators Update, which is Windows 10’s latest version. However, seen in another way, almost half of the users still use a different Windows 10 version that will lose its support this year.
If we are still using the Anniversary Update, we must update as soon as possible because we will left without support in 3 months. Also, if we have the Creators Update, then we have until summer to update to the Fall Creators Update or Redstone 4 to still have support.
Just like in 2017, Microsoft intends to launch two new Windows 10 versions this year. The first one will be Redstone 4, which will arrive by the end of March or the beginning of April, while the second, which will arrive around September or October this year, is still completely unknown.
Windows 7’s days are also numbered
Windows 7 has exactly 742 days left to live, no more and no less. The most widely used OS in the world only has two years left to live until its extended support comes to an end, and it seems that, just like it did with Windows XP, Microsoft has no intention of extending this period.
On January 14, 2020, support for Windows 7 will officially come to an end and users will not be able to do anything. Sooner or later, we’re going to have to update to Windows 10 and if we have not done it yet, 2018 can be a great year for doing that.