Windows 10 Version 1803: Support extended for 6 Months until May 2021

[German]A little surprise for enterprise administrators: Microsoft has just announced that they have extended support for Windows 10 version 1803 for another six months. Support for Enterprise editions of Windows 10 version 1803 ends now in May 2021.


Planned Windows 10 version 1803 support end

Windows 10 version 1803 was released in spring 2018 and received only 18 months support in the Home and Pro versions. The last update for this Windows 10 version was released on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 (Patchday). As of December 2019, this Windows 10 version has been dropped from support for these two SKUs, so no more security vulnerabilities will be closed by updates (see the following figure, taken from the Windows lifecycle information sheet). 

In enterprise environments with Windows 10 Enterprise Version 1803, support should continue until November 10, 2020 according to the table above (see also my article Windows 10 up to V1803: Details for Upgrade to V1903 – Part 2).

Support extension by 6 months

However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Microsoft customers seem to have difficulties switching to the newer Windows 10 builds. Perhaps also a hint that it does not run too well with the Windows as a service and the Semi-annual feature updates. And now some customers told Microsoft, that they have to focus on business, instead of upgrading their machine to a newer build of Windows 10.


At least that's how I interpret the Techcommunity article Revised end of service date for Windows 10, version 1803: May 11, 2021 by Chris Morrissey (announcement via above tweet). According to Microsoft, they have received 'feedback' from customers that they have more important things to do in the face of the SARS Cov-2 pandemic than switching their IT systems to newer Windows 10 builds.

As a result, people at Microsoft have decided to postpone the planned end-of-service date for the Enterprise, Education and IoT Enterprise editions of Windows 10, version 1803. This means that security updates will continue to be released monthly until May 11, 2021. The last security update for these editions of Windows 10, version 1803 will be released on May 11, 2021 instead of November 10, 2020.


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