Windows 10 updates, although in principle they bring with them certain improvements, for some users they have become a stone in the shoe, due to how uncomfortable this dynamic turns out to be.
As an alternative to dealing with these updates, one of the tools of choice is the Long Term Maintenance Channel (LTSC) version of the operating system. However, important changes were announced in this regard.
LTSC support reduced to five years
Windows 10 LTSC originally came with 10 years of support, with the first five being general support and essential updates, plus the remaining five years of extended support.
The purpose of the LTSC releases is to enable systems in critical environments, where exposure to constant updates could destabilize the performance of the host computer. According to Microsoft estimates, a decade of support was considered too long and that many information workers do not require such long deadlines to execute their projects.
For all the above, these versions of Windows have become one of the favorite channels of those users who seek to bypass certain updates, by way of bypass and in this way, it is intended to deter those who seek to use this means to evade them.
Changes begin this second semester
Although no specific dates were specified, Microsoft’s announcement indicated that these changes will take effect during the second half of this 2021.
Older versions of Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC, such as the 2015, 2016, or 2019 editions, not subject to these new restrictions, retain their decade of support.
A new edition of the operating system, Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSC, will be released in the second half of 2021, according to comments from Microsoft officials in response to press inquiries. This version would also retain extended support for 10 years.
The rest of the versions, adding those launched since 2020 and everything that comes later, will be subject to this new support calendar, reduced to five years.
As in the announcement of the new versions offline of Microsoft Office, these alternative versions to the traditional channels of semi-annual updates, focus on users who for specific reasons see a weakness or threat in the network connection and / or the update of the operating system. With these new restrictions, what is sought is to add a new layer of control, to prevent a system from becoming insecure due to the lack of essential security improvements.
This announcement was shared through the blog from Microsoft, a site where the reasons and implications of this recent determination were broken down.