When Windows 11 comes this holiday season, there will be lots of changes. It looks completely different, supports Android apps and more. There are also changes in how Windows 11 is updated and supported, so in case you were concerned, you will be happy to know that there will be a Windows 11 Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) version.
With the new operating system, there will only be one feature update per year instead of the two we got with Windows 10. This also means that the support timeline is different. For Windows 10, both spring and fall updates receive 18 months of consumer support, while the fall update receives 30 months of updates for businesses. With Windows 11, Home and Pro SKUs will get 24 months, while Enterprise and Education SKUs will get 36 months of support.
LTSC receives five years of support, even though it used to be 1
However, the first version of Windows 11 will not be an LTSC version; It is worth noting that the original version of Windows 10 was. It is also worth remembering that Windows 10 version 21H2 will be an LTSC release. In particular, Microsoft confirmed that the next LTSC version of Windows after that will be based on Windows 11. When it comes to that, there are some who are guessing.
Other questions asked in the AMA were the common ones, such as whether version 21H2 will be the latest feature update to Windows 10. Not surprisingly, Microsoft does not comment on the roadmap. It confirmed that Windows 10 will be supported until October 2025, so it is committed to it. And while it did not explicitly say so, it’s pretty clear that there’s not going to be any major new features coming to Windows 10; new development is focused on windows 11 now.
But while Windows 10 as a whole is supported until the end of 2025, LTSC releases are supported even further. Windows 10 versions 1607 and 21H2 should be supported until 2026, and version 1809 should be supported until 2028 (note that version 21H2 is the first new LTSC release since Microsoft switched from 10 to five years of support).