Windows 10 version 1511 support extended until April 2018

Today Michael Niehaus released a blog article on Windows 10 support for version 1511. As many of you know, support for Windows 10 1511 originally was announced to end with the release of the Windows 10 Fall Creators update 1709.

In his post, Michael Niehaus writes “To help some early enterprise adopters that are still finishing their transition to Windows as a service, we will be providing a supplemental servicing package for Windows 10, version 1511 for an additional six months, until April 2018, providing updates to address critical and important security issues that arise during that time. These updates will be available to anyone using Windows 10 Enterprise, version 1511 or Windows 10 Education, version 1511. Updates will be offered via all normal channels, including Windows Update, WSUS, Configuration Manager, and the Windows Update catalog.

Windows 10 November Update 1511 is the first major update to Windows 10. It carries the build number 10.0.10586. The first preview was released on August 18, 2015. (source: Wikipedia). From the support ending in April 2018 one may conclude that main update versions, like 1511, 1607 and others which are used as a LTSB may stop support 3 years after their release.

That may lead to the following support forecast; lease be aware that this is no official table (as published on any blog or official Technet document! us with care)

Version end of support forecast
1511 10.0.10586 April 2018
1607 10.0.14393 July 2019
1703 10.0.15063 April 2020
1709 10.0.16299 October 2020
1803 ?April 2018? 10.0.xxxxx

If you’re running on version 1511, you now should really care for your update to the next version of Windows 10. If you’re running on Windows 10 1607 I assume you should also start your plans to update.