Microsoft announces extended support dates for older versions of Windows

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Having already extended the end of service date for Windows 10 version 1709 because of coronavirus, Microsoft has now announced that it is doing the same for Windows 10 version 1809.

Just as with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, the October 2018 Update will now be supported for an extra six months. Previously due to reach end of service on May 12, 2020, the Home, Pro, Pro Education, Pro for Workstations, IoT Core and Server editions of the operating system will now be supported until November 10 this year.

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The move is hardly surprising considering the level of disruption the coronavirus pandemic has caused to numerous industries around the world, and it will come as good news to companies and individuals who have not taken the time to upgrade their systems yet. Microsoft says that it took the decision after "evaluating the public health situation and understand the impact this is having on many of our customers".

In a support article entitled "Lifecycle changes to end of support and servicing dates", Microsoft explains:

Windows 10, version 1809 (Home, Pro, Pro Education, Pro for Workstations, IoT Core). The final security update for this version will be released on November 10, 2020, instead of May 12, 2020. In addition, we are temporarily pausing Microsoft initiated feature updates for Home and Pro editions running on version 1809. The rollout process restart for Microsoft-initiated feature updates for devices running on Windows 10, version 1809 will be dramatically slowed and closely monitored in advance of the delayed November 10, 2020 end of service date to provide adequate time for a smooth update process. See Windows Message Center for more information.

Windows Server, version 1809 (Datacenter, Standard). The final security update for this version will be released on November 10, 2020, instead of May 12, 2020.

The affected versions of Windows will receive monthly security updates only from June to November.

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