This morning (10/25/2017), Gregg Keizer, Senior Reporter for Computerworld, published a valuable compendium article, entiled, "Windows 10 update (and retirement) calendar: Mark these dates."
According to Keizer, "Microsoft is releasing new versions of Windows 10 on a set schedule – and just as regularly retiring older versions from support. Here are all the dates you need to know about through Windows 7's retirement in 2020." He continues: "Although consumers can essentially ignore any schedule - Microsoft decides when their devices are upgraded - business customers and their IT personnel should be marking the calendar with the important upcoming events."
The following are the dates noted in the article for "10's WaaS schedule," which Keizer recommends that Windows users "pencil in", with brief descriptions of the full details in the article:
- Feb. 15, 2018: Microsoft will announce that 1709 has been sufficiently tested.
- March 13, 2018: Windows 10 1803 - the first Semi-Annual Channel release for the year - debuts on this date or soon after. Also on or soon after this date, Microsoft will retire Windows 10 1607, the mid-2016 feature upgrade dubbed Anniversary Update. Customers running 1607 must migrate to a new version -- 1703 or 1709 - by this date to continue receiving security updates.
- July 16, 2018: On or shortly after this date Microsoft will proclaim 1803 as suitable for broad deployment across the enterprise.
- Sept. 11, 2018: Windows 10 1809 - the second and final Semi-Annual Channel release for the year - rolls out on this date or soon after. Also on or after this date, Microsoft will retire Windows 10 1703, the early-2017 feature upgrade labeled Creators Update.
- Jan. 15, 2019: Between this date and the end of the month, Microsoft will declare 1809 as thoroughly tested by consumers, and thus, ready for wide deployment throughout the enterprise.
- March 12, 2019: Windows 10 1903 launches on this date or soon after.
- April 17, 2019: Around this date, Microsoft will remove Windows 10 1709, aka 2017's Fall Creators Update, from the support list, halting all security and non-security updates to devices running that version. (*Computerworld's assumption based on Microsoft's latest comments.)
- July 15, 2019: Around this date, Microsoft will notify customers - on a post to a company blog - that Windows 10 1903 is stable enough to deploy to all corporate PCs, and will simultaneously begin seeding Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise PCs with the upgrade via Windows Update for Business (WUfB).
- Sept. 10, 2019: Windows 10 1909 launches on this date or shortly thereafter. Also on or around this date, Microsoft will retire Windows 10 1803.
- Jan. 14, 2020: Microsoft will retire Windows 7 from support, marking the general deadline for enterprises to replace that venerable operating system with Windows 10 in nearly all instances.
[All above, Copyright © 2017 ComputerWorld (IDG Communications, Inc.)]
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