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All editions of Windows 10 get 10 years of updates, support

Gregg Keizer | July 20, 2015
Microsoft promises the traditional decade, or as long as the hardware can handle the OS, whichever comes first.

Microsoft had explicitly said as far back as January that Windows 10 Enterprise -- the sole SKU able to hook into the LTSB and its stay-static approach -- would be supported for 10 years with the traditional 5 + 5 of Mainstream + Extended. But it dodged questions about other SKUs, falling back on the boilerplate device lifetime.

Kleynhans thought he knew why.

"They're more dependent on the PC hardware vendor for Windows 10, because the license is going to be attached to that PC and supported on that PC," he said, referring to the feature, UI and API (application programming interface) changes Windows 10 introduces into the ecosystem. "They'll try to keep the OS functional, but there may be [OEM issues] with the BIOS or drivers that stops [Windows 10] from moving forward."

Kleynhans bet? "They've really been trying to express their intent," he said of supported lifetime of the device, "but the dependence on OEMs puts a limit on how much support they can give."


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