Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that it will be retiring the original Windows 10 release version as it will be reaching the end of its service as early as March 26.
Most Windows 10 users should be quite excited. Microsoft is teasing its user with new updates and features. These will all be part of the Creators Build. Expected for release around April, it is causing quite a stir.
As such, the latest Win 10 may have escaped notice. On January 19, Microsoft released news. They were posted on the official company blog.
In the blog post, the company announced that it is retiring the original Windows 10 variant. The release is version 1507.
The original Windows 10 was released at the end of July 2015. Since then, it has received a series of patches and updates. Version 1507 abides by the Windows 10 editions labeling. More exactly, it has a year-month one.
Microsoft’s decision may not be such a surprise. Back in November 2016, the company warned users that it will be ending updates. At the time, Windows 10 was promoting the 1607 version.
At the time, Microsoft offered some details. It stated that the original Windows 10 will stop being patched. They had predicted March 2017 as the final patch. It announced that it will stop supplying updates. And will stop including the security patches.
The latest news offers similar information. This original Windows 10 version will continue working. But it will stop receiving updates after March 26, a Sunday.
Microsoft’s decision is part of its business model. The company announced that it will not be supporting more than 2 CBB build concomitantly. Windows 10 came with a new software-as-a-service model.
CBB’s are the Current Branch for Business. Microsoft is using a 60-days period of grace for previous builds. As a new build of an existing is released, the old one will continue being services. However, if a new build of the new build is released, the original gets retired.
And this is what will happen to the original Windows 10. On January 26, the company will release version 1607. This comes after the 1507. Later this week, it will be activated for VLSC. This is the Volume Licensing Service Center.
Windows has more than one segment. It offers a Windows Update for Business and a WSUS. This latter is a Windows Server Update Service. It also offers MSDN Subscriptions. These all received the Windows 10 v1607 update. The update is also known as the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.
The January 26 release of 1607 will mark 1507’s 60-days grace period. Nonetheless, users have a series of options. They can update their build.
Two CBB’s are available. They are the November 2015 and August 2016 versions. Through them, Windows 10 1507 users can continue receiving updates. Or they can choose to update their system to the latest released CBB’s.
Some users have already moved to the 1607 version. Consumers could have begun receiving the “Anniversary Update” build in August 2016. Businesses might also be already using them. CB track or “Current Branch” assigned Windows 10 devices most likely are.
The Microsoft website offers information on the Windows 10 versions. It also includes their last-served update, according to build.
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