Microsoft is ending support of the original version of Windows 10 today, May 9 (via VentureBeat). Released back in July 2015, Windows 10 version 1507 was quickly followed by the version 1511 (aka Threshold 2) in November of the same year. Since then, the company released two additional major Windows 10 Updates, the Anniversary Update in August 2016 and the Creators Update last month.
If Microsoft now considers Windows 10 as a “service” which will now receive major updates twice a year, consumers are still free opt out. Microsoft keeps updating older versions of Windows 10 for a certain amount of time, though it’s now the end of the line for Windows 10 version 1507. Here is what it means:
- Consumers who still run this version of Windows 10 (Home or Pro) will no longer receive quality and security updates going forward
- The end of service also impacts users of Windows 10 Education and Enterprise.
- However, the company will keep releasing security updates for both Windows 10 Enterprise 2015 LTSB (Long Time Servicing Branch) and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise 2015 LTSB. For those unfamiliar, this Long Time Servicing Branch is for enterprise users that need more stability and time to make sure that major Windows updates don’t break anything critical.
If you’re still running Windows 10 version 1507, Microsoft is inviting you to update to the latest version as soon as possible. You can do so by visiting Microsoft’s Software Download site and selecting “Update now,” which will manually update your PC.