Microsoft announced yesterday that it was extending support for the Enterprise, Education, and IoT Enterprise versions of Windows 10 version 1709, also known as the Fall Creators Update. This version of the OS is already out of support for Windows 10 Home and Pro users, but organizations were still going to receive updates until April 14, 2020.
However, Microsoft is well aware that upgrading devices to a new version of Windows requires lots of preparation, and with growing concerns about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the software giant ultimately realized that organizations could use six additional months of support for Windows 10 version 1709.
We are delaying the scheduled end of service date for the Enterprise, Education, and IoT Enterprise editions of Windows 10, version 1709 to October 13, 2020. More information here: https://t.co/3lnpeAT7GC.
— Windows Update (@WindowsUpdate) March 19, 2020
“We have been evaluating the public health situation, and we understand the impact this is having on you, our valued customers. To ease one of the many burdens you are currently facing, and based on customer feedback, we have decided to delay the scheduled end of service date for the Enterprise, Education, and IoT Enterprise editions of Windows 10, version 1709. This means devices will receive monthly security updates only from May to October. The final security update for these editions of Windows 10, version 1709 will be released on October 13, 2020 instead of April 14, 2020,” the company said yesterday.
Microsoft will continue to ship security updates for Windows 10 version 1709 through Windows Update, Windows Server Update Services, and the Microsoft Update Catalog until October 13, 2020. However, the software giant is now inviting organizations to switch to Windows Update for Business, which according to Microsoft is the most efficient way to ship features updates and quality updates to a pool of devices.