Windows 10 update (and retirement) calendar: Mark these dates

Microsoft is releasing new versions of Windows 10 on a set schedule – and just as regularly retiring older versions from support. Here are all the dates you need to know through mid-2021.

Microsoft’s shift to Windows-as-a-service (WaaS) for Windows 10 yielded a repetitive, predictable schedule of version release and support expiration dates for the operating system.

At least in theory. In reality, Microsoft keeps rearranging, rejiggering and repositioning Windows 10’s support and update practices. Last year, Microsoft monkeyed with 10’s arrival and departure itinerary by extending support for Enterprise and Education to 30 months. This year the company said it was letting Windows 10 Home users decide when to download and install feature upgrades.

“[The new] ‘Download and install now’ option provides users a separate control to initiate the installation of a feature update on eligible devices with no known key blocking compatibility issues,” wrote Microsoft executive Mike Fortin in an April 4 post to a company blog.

With that option now available to Windows 10 1803 and Windows 10 1809, it’s time for consumers to pay attention to impending dates, just as business customers and IT personnel have been doing since Windows 10’s opening days.

Everyone should be marking the calendar with the important Windows events. To keep up with 10’s WaaS schedule, pencil in these dates.

Nov. 1, 2019

Windows 10 1909, or “November 2019 Update,” starts landing on users’ PCs between now and the end of the month. Although Microsoft previously said September was the target for this release, more recently it issued a contradictory statement that said it was “getting the Windows 10 November 2019 Update (19H2) ready for release” even as it named it for the year’s second-to-last month.

This refresh will be the first “service pack” for Windows 10. In early July, Microsoft again changed its OS update model by announcing that the fall’s release would be “a scoped set of features” with a “smaller set of enhancements.” Based on what Microsoft said at the time, Computerworld