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This blog post has been updated as of November 16, 2020, and will continue to be updated when there are changes to Windows 10 release and EOL dates, and other major revisions.

Update: Please see table below for extended EOL date due to COVID-19.

Over the last 1-2 years, Microsoft has changed the EOL dates of its Windows 10 versions — some of them multiple times — leading to confusion as to when specific versions are actually going to finish their support cycle. A lot of the confusion is due to the following facts:

  • The EOL date for one version got re-purposed to another, e.g., Version 1709 originally had an EOL date of Oct. 8, 2019 (now 1703's EOL) and it was moved to April 14, 2020. However, due to COVID-19, the EOL date was again moved to October 13, 2020.
  • The EOL date for a later released version of Windows 10 (1903) is earlier than its predecessor's (1809) EOL date.
  • Official Microsoft blog posts about the extension(s) of the different releases have been removed from the Microsoft site, with no redirect to a new post that explains why the post was removed or lists the new EOL dates. The URLs for deleted posts usually redirect to the main blog listing page, making it hard to keep track.
  • Version 1909, instead of being packed with new features like the previous releases, is more of a service pack that Microsoft used to release for previous versions of Windows.

To clear up the confusion, this post will serve as a quick reference for Windows 10 versions, their release and End-of-Life (EOL) dates, and Microsoft's schedule for future releases. We will keep this information as current as possible and update it as dates change and new releases come out.

For a more detailed account of Windows 10 versions, please see our Windows 10 Servicing Timeline post.

Since Windows 10 was released in July 2015, Microsoft has released a total of ten (10) Feature Updates (new Windows-as-a-Service versions), four (4) of which have gone EOL so far, or five (5) when you include the original release.

Windows 10 Version Release Date Enterprise & Education EOL Date
1507 - Initial Release July 29, 2015 May 9, 2017
1511 - November Release November 10, 2015 April 10, 2018
1607 - Anniversary Update August 2, 2016 April 9, 2019
1703 - Creators Update April 5, 2017 October 8, 2019
1709 - Fall Creators Update October 17, 2017 October 13, 2020*
1803 - April 2018 Update April 30, 2018 May 11, 2021*
1809 - October 2018 Update November 13, 2018 May 11, 2021
1903 - May 2019 Update May 21, 2019 December 8, 2020 (Support ends before 1809)
1909 - November 2019 Update November 12, 2019 May 10, 2022
2004 - May 2020 Update May 27, 2020 December 14, 2021
20H2 - October 2020 Update October 20, 2020 May 9, 2023
21H1 - Iron/FE Spring 2021^ Fall 2022
21H2 - Cobalt/Sun Valley Fall 2021^ Spring 2024
 
*EOL date extended due to COVID-19
^The release and EOL dates are not yet confirmed

 

Windows timeline update november 2020

Starting with the 2019 releases of Windows 10 versions, the following support schedule will be used for enterprises according to Microsoft:

  • There will be two (2) releases per year: one in the spring and one in the fall.
  • The spring release will be serviced for 18 months for enterprise customers.
  • The fall release will be serviced for 30 months for enterprise customers.

Here are a few things to remember about Microsoft's release schedule:

  • Currently, all End-of-Life (EOL) dates fall on Patch Tuesday, which always falls on the second Tuesday of every month. Traditionally, this is the day Microsoft releases security patches.
  • Microsoft aims to publish new updates on Patch Tuesday as well. However, the targeted date may sometimes be missed due to bugs or the release not being ready yet. 
  • Release and EOL dates are from Microsoft's products and services Lifecycle information search page, which is updated with the final release (re-release) date of Windows 10 versions.
  • Version 1909 had minimal feature updates, reminiscent of a service pack update. At the time, it was not clear if this would be a one-off or would become routine. This article from January hinted that the Fall 2020 update would have minimal feature updates like 1909, and it's interesting to note that 20H2 was, in fact, a minor update.

Also worth noting is the fact that Windows 7 is now in paid extended support. Regular extended support went EOL on January 14, 2020. To continue to receive security and critical updates (based on Microsoft's discretion) on Windows 7, you will have to pay Microsoft yearly per device as an add-on service.

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Barry Angell

Written by Barry Angell

Barry is a co-founder of Juriba, where he is focused on using his experience in IT migration to help drive product strategy, pre-sales and service delivery. He is an experienced End User Services executive that has helped manage thousands of users, computers, applications and mailboxes to their next IT platform. He has saved millions of dollars for internal departments and customers alike through product, project, process and service delivery efficiency.

Topics: Windows 10 Servicing