Microsoft released the latest upgrade of Windows 10 — Windows 10 20H2 (with H2 standing for the second half) — this week.
Although not every machine will be offered the choice to update as Microsoft has chosen to go for a staged distribution that’ll start out small and only expand the pool of potential recipient devices slowly. At the same time, it’ll end numerous Windows 10 features including Windows 10 version 1709, Windows 10 version 1809, and Windows 10 version 1903.
Here is a list of those features that’ll vanish with the new update:
Windows 10 version 1709
The Windows 10 version 1709 services were ended on October 13, 2020 after a 6-month delay caused by COVID-19. It applies to the following editions of Windows 10 that were released in October 2018:
- Windows 10 Enterprise, version 1709
- Windows 10 Education, version 1709
- Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, version 1709
Microsoft had planned the cut-off date for Windows 10 1709 to be April 14. But on March 19, it notified customers that it’ll push the date to October 13 owing to COVID-19 implications.
Microsoft is encouraging IT teams to shift to Windows Update for Business allowing users to take both the features and quality updates directly from Microsoft’s end in a more secure and faster manner.
Security patches for Windows 10 version 1809
November 10, 2020 will see the release of final security patches and non-security fixes for Windows 10 version 1809. This version has proven to be a problematic release with numerous users being plagued with a series of bugs upon its launch. The update was riddled with so many issues that Microsoft had to pull it out before releasing an updated (yet still buggy) version later on.
Now, it is finally time for people using Windows 10 October 2018 update to move on, and after a few weeks, no more updates will be released.
Microsoft will stop providing security updates for Microsoft 10 Pro, version 1809, Microsoft 10 Home, version 1809, Microsoft 10 Pro IoT Core, version 1809, Microsoft 10 Pro Workstations, version 1809 and Microsoft 10 Pro for Education, version 1809
Last update for Windows 10 1903
Microsoft will be ending support for Windows 10 version 1903 on December 8. This will apply to the 1903 versions including
- Microsoft 10 Home, version 1903
- Microsoft 10 Pro, version 1903
- Microsoft 10 Enterprise, version 1903
- Microsoft 10 IoT Enterprise, version 1903
- Microsoft 10 Pro for Workstation, version 1903
- Microsoft 10 Pro Education, version 1903
The end of service will essentially mean that these Windows 10 versions will no longer be receiving any security updates. The users who wish to receive updates after the deadline will be automatically directed to the latest version of Windows 10 to remain supported.