Microsoft Keeps Older Windows 10 Version Alive Longer
Microsoft will continue to support version 1809 of Windows 10 for half a year longer. That’s especially good news for companies that have skipped a few major update rounds.
A number of SharePoint applications are also being suspended for execution.
Version 1809 of Windows 10 was released in October 2018 and would usually receive support until May 12, 2020. This will now be extended until November 10, 2020. The extension applies to Windows 10 Home, Pro for Workstations and IoT Core.
Microsoft points to the corona crisis as the main reason. It assumes that users and IT departments currently have more to mind than an upgrade of the systems. Because of the delay, Windows 10 1809 is still getting updates to fix bugs and security vulnerabilities.
Since Windows 10, Microsoft no longer comes with entirely new versions of Windows and the operating system gets a significant update every six months.
Those who want can skip those significant updates a few times and still get security updates. This is especially useful for companies that prefer to stay on one version for a more extended period. Even though those older versions are not endlessly supported.
Version 1809 is mainly known because it initially caused quite a few problems. For example, user data was deleted. Microsoft initially decided to shut down the update and roll out a modified version later in November.
Parts of SharePoint, specifically SharePoint Foundation 2010, SharePoint Server 2010 and Project Server 2010, will also be postponed. For this, support usually ran until October 13, 2020. Now that is April 13, 2021.