Some Windows 10 Enterprise users may need to review their service agreements after Microsoft revealed that it will soon reduce the long-term service channel (LTSC) support period.
Starting with Windows 10 21H2, scheduled to be released later this year, Enterprise LTSC editions will only support five years instead of the previous ten-year commitment.
Microsoft claims that the move is the result of extensive conversations with customers of the Enterprise LTSC edition, which is designed for mission-critical systems that operate in an airless environment and cannot be updated.
Respond to customer’s requirement
In a blog post, Microsoft 365 senior product manager Joe Lurie describes the goal of releasing the LTSC as “regulated devices that can not receive feature updates for years at a time, production floor control devices that never touch the Internet and special systems that must remain locked” In time and require a long-term support channel. “
Microsoft has reduced its support cycle after many LTSC customers reported that they did not need a shorter support cycle. This argument resonated with the company as it found a challenge to provide an improved user experience in a decade-long installation.
However, the move will surely cause some of the users who were bankers in securing the ten-year support of the LTSC release.
However, Lori argues that such users who need an extended support period typically run Windows on edge and the Internet of Things (IoT). These use cases are better served with Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSC, which will continue to be supported for a decade.