The end of extended support is looming for Windows 7.
While that's in fewer than 500 days, Windows 7 still accounts for around 40 per cent of the world's desktop and laptop computers, many of them humming away in corporate and public-sector environments around the world.
Earlier this year, Bradley wrote an open letter to various Microsoft executives, including CEO Satya Nadella, outlining the hundreds of grievances members of the patchmanagement.org group had reported to her about how Windows is updated.
Windows as a service has been a success for Microsoft. By 2022, though, it may be that the fees are so high that it's actually worth more to Microsoft not to force upgrades.
The build watermark at the lower right-hand corner of the desktop is no longer present in this Windows 10 build. Microsoft has fixed an issue that resulted in reduced Action Center reliability. Additionally, there is a new Windows 10 Insider Preview that's heading out to the Fast ring, a new preview build of Windows 10 October 2018 Update that comes with a series of bug fixes. With the release of this new app, Microsoft aims to fix custom applications which may be negatively impacted as a effect of updating to Office 365 product suite or Windows 10. While October releases will be supported for 30 months, March updates will still only be supported for 18. But, over time, it's become apparent that this twice-per-year update cadence has become a bit of a headache for IT admins as they race the clock against each update's 18-month support cycle. These updates will be sold on a per-device basis, with a price increase every year.
It's worth noting that ESU plan is only available to customers running Windows 7 Professional and Enterprise editions.
In order to make the browsing experience more secure, Google recently updated its Chrome browser with a new site isolation feature.
These changes essentially represent a correction: Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2016, and Office 2016 all remain supported for a number of years, creating a reasonable expectation that they'd remain compatible (with Office ProPlus and the online services) for their full supported lifetimes. You may see many of these features in the final cut, but Microsoft may tweak some features with the final release.
With the current non-Enterprise support lifecycle Microsoft, Windows 10 Pro version 1703 (released on April 5, 2017) will reach its end-of-support date in a month or so, on October 9, 2018. The company also issued general fixes to Insiders in the Fast Ring who are now testing Windows 10 Redstone 5, releasing next month. It wasn't able to drop support for XP until April of 2014 when the OS was nearly 13 years old.