If you think that 2020 is too early to end support for Windows 7, you are about to really be in for a big shock. Microsoft is preparing to retire the original Windows 10 Edition on March 26 of this year.
In a post on the company’s blog, Nathan Mercer, a Microsoft senior product marketing manager said, “After March 26, 2017, Windows 10, version 1507 will no longer be serviced, as only the two most Current Branch for Business (CBB) versions are actively serviced.”
For those of you that don’t know, version 1507 was the very first version of Windows 10 that was released commercially and began making its way to machines via the free update in July, 2015. Now, thanks to the Anniversary update, otherwise known as version 1607, being promoted to the CBB, that leaves version 1507 out in the cold as Microsoft only plans on supporting two versions. For now, these two versions are 1511 and 1607.
So what does this mean for both consumers and businesses? Well, for most users, this change won’t mean a thing, as they have already performed the upgrade to the latest version of Windows 10. However, this may impact some businesses that have not made the switch to the latest version of Windows 10.
While the version 1507 of Windows 10 will continue to function, Microsoft will no longer be supporting it. That means no more security updates or any bug fixes. This means that you need to upgrade your current version to one of the more current versions if you want to continue receiving support from Microsoft.
This new strategy remains in line with Microsoft’s plan to offer Windows as a Software as a Service type of model. However, these short terms of support from the company will no doubt come as a surprise to many consumers and businesses alike. In the past, Microsoft has supported their operating systems for years at a time. Even Windows 7 is still supported and will continue to receive security updates until 2020.
However, things are changing and the windows of support on these different versions of Windows 10 are going to get shorter as they continue to roll out new improvements and enhancements to Windows 10. Businesses will most likely feel the effects the most, as many IT departments wait to push out more recent versions once they have been thoroughly tested with their systems.
While Microsoft has supported its operating systems for years in the past, this new move signals Microsoft was serious about keeping its operating systems more current than they have in the past. Some will look at this as a good thing, as it will ensure better compatibility and fewer bugs in their software that is out in the wild, however many businesses may not be happy as they are forced to upgrade sooner than they have planned.
What do you think about this new change? Are you glad to see Microsoft phase out the older versions or should they continue to support them for longer to better prepare businesses for the upgrades? Tell me your thoughts in the comments below.