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    (I think this news deserves its own topic instead of being buried in other news that some users may not care about.)

    From Windows 10 Client and Windows Server Semi-Annual Channel Lifecycle Policy update (February 1, 2018) (my bolding):

    “Since the introduction of the Modern Lifecycle Policy in August of 2016, more and more products are launching under this support and servicing model to keep customers current.

    Today, we are clarifying how the Windows 10 Client Semi-Annual Channel and Windows Server Semi-Annual Channel are supported. By listing these Channels as following the Modern Lifecycle Policy, we are able to more accurately reflect how we already service and update Windows 10 and Windows Server Semi-Annual Channels today through twice-a-year feature updates and monthly quality updates.

    We will continue to support at least one Windows 10 Client channel through the previously defined extended support date of October 14, 2025. Each Semi-Annual Channel will continue to be supported for 18 months as announced last April. We will list the individual Windows 10 Semi-Annual Channels and Windows Server Semi-Annual Channels on our Microsoft Lifecycle Policy website, allowing you to see which versions are currently in support.

    As with the Fixed Lifecycle Policy, support and servicing for supported channels include incident support (e.g., no-charge incident support, paid incident support, support charged on an hourly basis, support for warranty claims), security update support, and the ability to request non-security updates.

    Windows 10 Long-Term Servicing Channels and Windows Server 2016 remain under the Fixed Lifecycle Policy.

    Related links:

    Windows lifecycle fact sheet

    Lifecycle FAQ—Windows products

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    • #164875

      Uh, MrBrian, could you translate?

      Carpe Diem {with backup and coffee}
      offline▸ Win10Pro 2004.19041.572 x64 i3-3220 RAM8GB HDD Firefox83.0b3 WindowsDefender
      offline▸ Acer TravelMate P215-52 RAM8GB Win11Pro 22H2.22621.1265 x64 i5-10210U SSD Firefox106.0 MicrosoftDefender
      online▸ Win11Pro 22H2.22621.1778 x64 i5-9400 RAM16GB HDD Firefox115.0b2 MicrosoftDefender
      • #164914

        Before this recent change, there was some confusion about what mainstream and extended support meant in the context of Windows 10 Semi-Annual Channel releases. For example, see this recent topic and this 2017 article.

        It seems that the current regime of having Windows 10 and Windows Server Semi-Annual Channel releases will continue until at least October 14, 2025. It’s anyone’s guess what will happen after that.

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