Microsoft Ends Support For the Original Version Of Windows 10
Today marks the end of Microsoft’s support for the original version of Windows 10 (version 1507.) This is the original version of Windows 10 that launched in Summer of 2015.
This move will affect Home, Pro, Education, and Enterprise editions of 10. However, very few people still use this version of Windows 10 so it is unlikely that many people will be be affected by this move.
Windows 10 is different from previous incarnations of the OS in that it is designed as service which allows Microsoft to not only fix bugs, but add new features over time. So far, the company has released three major updates to Windows 10, the November Update (version 1511), the Anniversary Update (version 1607), and the recent Creators Update (version 1703.)
If you’re unsure of which version of Windows you are running, it’s pretty easy to find out. Simply type “winver” and then open the about Windows option which will display your current version.
In a recent blog post, Microsoft explained their reasoning for ending support for the original version of Windows 10. The original Windows 10 was released in July 2015, but since then, the company has released two feature updates that has been building upon each other to deliver better security and providing users with the newest features. The design of Windows 10 is more like a service where feature updates are only needed a few times a year. These updates are delivered automatically for most consumers and are based upon the users’ Windows Update settings. It’s Windows’ policy for users to install the newest feature updates within 60-days of its release to remain eligible for monthly servicing with updates – such as those related to security. With version 1507, the 60-day grace period was extended, but now it’s time to end the servicing for that version.
This recent announcement does not mean that Microsoft is changing the terms of service regarding Windows 10. The OS will continue to receive security updates for 10 years after its initial launch.
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