Windows has gone through an iterative process for more than two decades. A Windows release has always been straightforward: Microsoft works on it for a few years, assures its quality, and eventually sells it for a price people are willing to pay.
Windows 10 changed this; not only is the operating system now free, but it’s also a service. While Windows 10 released like every other Microsoft operating system before it; it has since received two major feature updates.
That’s unique to Windows 10, and it’s a great way to keep the operating system up-to-date with whatever is the latest that technology has on offer. However, there is a slight issue with it.
Since Windows 10 is split into multiple “versions,” Microsoft cannot provide support for all of them; only the two latest versions of Windows 10 are supported.
End of Support
In January, Microsoft announced that the original version of Windows 10 – Build 1507 – wouldn’t be supported after March 2017.
Today, the company has updated that timeline; Microsoft will now end support for Windows 10 Build 1507 in May of 2017 – a two-month extension.
Redmond hasn’t released any more details about why it extended the support period.
The original Windows 10 Build 1507 has received two feature updates so far – the November Update (Build 1511) and the Anniversary Update (Build 1607). The one upcoming is, of course, the Creators Update.
A Windows 10 user doesn’t really have to worry about upgrading. Windows takes care of everything from downloading the update to installing it.
The only people still on Build 1507 are those who have cautiously avoided upgrading the operating system or businesses; the latter should have upgraded by now, but if they haven’t – they must now.
Once the Creators Update is released, users will once again have to upgrade from the November Update (Build 1511), if they wish to keep receiving updates.
Microsoft expects most of the Windows 10 users to stay up-to-date with the latest version of Windows 10.
The users, of course, have been critical of this expectation; but this is how Microsoft wants to update its most popular product going forward.
Microsoft is the one making the rules, after all.