End-of-Life Dates for Windows 10 Versions
We have received quite a few emails from people asking us why they should upgrade to Windows 10 Creators Update (Version 1703). Some want to know what’s so great about it?
We think the Creators Update is the best Windows 10 so far, but that’s our opinion and not a reason why you should update to version 1703 (Creators Update). The reason why you should update to Creators Update is the same reason why you should always keep Windows updated. Each version of Windows 10, has its own End-of-Life Date. If you use that version of Windows beyond its End-of-Life Date, you’ll no longer get security updates. And that’s not a situation in which you’ll want to find yourself.
But not to worry – those of you who are using the Anniversary Update (Version 1607) still have plenty of time to upgrade.
Untangling the Vines of Microsoft Verbiage
Here’s what we know so far about End-of-Life Dates for all the Windows 10 versions that have been released so far. All dates are approximate except for Windows 10 Version 1507 for which the End-of-Life Date was May 9, 2017:
Windows 10 Version 1507 (original version) 5/09/2017
Widnows 10 Version 1511 “November Update” September 2017
Windows 10 Version 1607 “Anniversary Update” March 2018
Windows 10 Version 1703 “Creators Update” September 2018
In a confusing tangle of verbiage, Microsoft tries to explain its rationale for its Windows 10 End-of-Life dates. According to Microsoft, it will only support two Windows 10 versions at a time. When a 3rd “feature” update is released (like Creators Update) Microsoft will continue to provide support for only its two most recent versions (right now that would be Version 1607 Anniversary Update and Version 1703 Creators Update). Support for Version 1511 (AKA November Update) will end in September 2017.
The exact date of any version’s End-of-Life Date, isn’t really the point. The point we’re making is this: In order to continue to receive security updates from Microsoft, you’re going to have to upgrade your version of Windows 10 prior to its End-of-Life Date or you won’t receive any further security updates – a situation most of you won’t want to be in.
Right now, we estimate that 90% of you are using either the Anniversary Update (Version 1607) or the Creators Update (Version 1703). For those of you reluctant to update to the Creators Update (Version 1703) you still have plenty of time before the Anniversary Update (version 1607) reaches its End-of-Life Date. We just want you to know that eventually you will have update or risk using an unsupported version of Windows.