When we discuss the continuous update model of Windows as a Service, one of the first questions that pops out is what would be the impact of not keeping up with Windows-as-a-Services updates. Although it has been stated by Microsoft a number of time, we now have a clear written statement from them on the impact. Might be worth sharing along with the security conversation.
Here is a summary of the first End of Service (for v1507) line announcement out of Microsoft:
Windows 10 version 1507 will no longer receive security updates
After May 9, 2017, Windows 10 devices running version 1507 will no longer receive security and quality updates.
Microsoft recommends updating devices to the latest version of Windows 10
What happens if I continue to use Windows 10 version 1507?
If you continue to use version 1507, 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. 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.
Does end of service for version 1507 apply to all editions of Windows 10?
Windows 10 version 1507 end of service impacts the following editions of Windows 10:
- Windows 10 Home
- Windows 10 Pro
- Windows 10 Education
- Windows 10 Enterprise (See Note LTSB below)
Note: Security updates will continue to be made available for both Windows 10 Enterprise 2015 LTSB and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise 2015 LTSB.
For more info, check out the Windows lifecycle fact sheet.
For more information about Windows 10 servicing, check out the Guide to Windows as a service.