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  • Thurrott: Stop the relentless release of new Windows versions

    Posted on February 12th, 2018 at 10:23 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Another great post in (paywalled) Thurrott.com premium:

    Apple will slow down the addition of new features to iOS in order to focus on quality. This is exactly the strategy that Microsoft needs to adopt. In fact, it’s years overdue.

    Amen, bro.

    One little observation. Paul says that Microsoft will soon be forced into a three-year support cycle and “at that point, we’re pretty much back to where we started.” Which is correct, but there’s a subtlety: When Windows as a Service gets out to three years of support, there will be six (or more!) versions of Win10 being supported.

    We’re already on two years with 1511, 1607, 1703 and 1709.

    Version Released End of service Days
    Home/Pro Ent/ Ed  for Ent
    Win10 1709 17-Oct-17 9-Apr-19 8-Oct-19 721
    Win10 1703 5-Apr-17 9-Oct-18 9-Apr-19 734
    Win10 1607 2-Aug-16 10-Apr-18 9-Oct-18 798
    Win10 1511 10-Nov-15 10-Oct-17 10-Apr-18 882
    Win10 1507 9-Jul-15 9-May-17 670

    Microsoft’s digging itself into a support nightmare even worse than the one we have today.