Windows 10 November Update That “Died” in October Gets a Few More Months of Life


The first feature upgrade sent to Windows 10 may not be dead after all. With the new Windows as a Service (WaaS) model, Microsoft had shared a clear strategy with its Enterprise, Education and Home users about when to expect their versions going out of service. The original Windows 10 version 1507 was due to die in March this year, however, received service until May. After that came the turn of Windows 10 November Update aka 1511. The update met its end of service deadline last month as starting October 10, the company stopped supporting users who were still running version 1511. However, it appears that those on Enterprise and Education will continue to receive updates for a few more months.

Last month, the company had said:

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If you continue to use version 1511, your computer will still work, but since you won’t continue to receive new security updates or other quality updates, it could become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you update to the latest version of Windows 10, and that you keep up to date thereafter. Microsoft offers complimentary support to ensure your device has the latest updates installed and requires that your device be up to date before assisting with other technical support issues.

Today, the Redmond software maker has announced extending support for Windows 10 November Update for a full six months. The offer is only applicable to those on Education or Enterprise machines. It will be interesting to see if Microsoft graciously extends support offer for Windows 10 Anniversary Update aka version 1607, as well, or it will meet its end of life in March 2018, ahead of an older version.

"Customers with large, complex IT environments are still transitioning into the Windows as a Service model," the company spokesperson said. "Our early adopter customers are actively moving forward and asked for a few more months to finish their updates."

"The supplemental servicing security updates are in response to enterprise and education customers with broad early adoption of Windows 10, who are actively moving to Windows as a Service, and are focused specifically to keep them compliant on 1511 while they finish their updates."

It might make things a little easier for sysadmins, but it again creates a certain level obscurity in an otherwise clearly detailed support strategy. With Windows 10 1511 back in support (at least some editions of it), the company is currently supporting four Windows 10 versions: Windows 10 1511 and 1607 along with the Creators and Fall Creators Update.