Multiple Editions of Windows 10 & Windows Server will reach End of service on May 11, 2021
On May 11, 2021 Windows 10 Home, Pro (1909) and Enterprise Education and IoT Enterprise (1803, 1809) of Windows 10 will go end of life. These EOL dates mean that your devices won't receive anymore security updates, patches or technical support from Microsoft. We recommend our users to update all the Windows installations within your organization.
Windows 10 End of Life
There were already some Windows 10 versions that went end of life (EOL) in the past (1507, 1511, 1607, 1703, 1709 and 1903). We always recommend updating your installations to the latest Windows 10 version which in this case is the worldwide deployment of Windows 10 2004 and 20H2.
However, it adds a lot of complexity to the support structure. Not only do more versions add confusion, but the addition of more editions for Windows 10 can make it hard for anyone to really grasp when the product that you are using will no longer be supported.
For Windows 10 alone, we have the Home & Pro edition end-of-life dates. Additionally, the Enterprise, Education, and IoT Enterprise editions have separate end-of-life dates. To complete the complexion, some versions are available as LTSB (Long Term Servicing Branch) or LTSC (Long Term Servicing Channel) editions as it is now called and also have their own specific dates. That's why we provide our Windows 10 EOL report.
Windows 10 - 1803
May 11, 2021 is the official end for Windows 10 1803. Originally 1803 should've been EOL last year but because users stated that businesses needed more continuity and because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Microsoft delayed it. This is the same for the Enterprise, Home, Pro, Education and IoT Enterprise users. Run our report to check the versions that are active within your network.
Windows 10 - 1809
Like 1803, Windows 10 version 1809 has its EOL date of May 11, 2021. Originally ending last year, Microsoft pushed the date because of the current public health situation that is going on with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Windows 10 - 1909
We also like to remind you that the Windows 10 version 1909 is going EOL on May 11, 2021 for Home and Pro editions. This version became known as the "November 2019 Update". Microsoft stops with technical updates, security patches and support for these versions meaning that your systems will no longer be protected against cyber attacks.
Windows Server EOL
Windows Server - 1909
All editions of Windows Server 1909 go end of life on May 11, 2021. This means that they will no longer receive security updates. It's version 2004 that is designed for broad deployment to keep all systems safe.
Luckily, server versions of Windows generally have a longer lifespan than workstation variants, but that does make it vulnerable to someone simply forgetting that after 10 years, it might be time to upgrade.
Recently, Microsoft has also started releasing more and more versions for Windows servers, bringing it in line with their regular Windows 10 releases. While dedicated server releases are still supported for a long time, should you be running one of these newer versions, it is important to keep an eye on when it might stop receiving updates.
Are you ready for Windows 11?
We have made a special Windows 11 blog and report to help you audit your network to do a Windows 11 readiness check of your systems.
Windows 10 versions 1803, 1809 and 1909 are going end of life on May 11, 2021.