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Published on : May 08, 2018

Microsoft's shift to Windows-as-a-service (WaaS) for Windows 10 crafted a repetitive, predictable schedule of version release and support expiration dates for Windows 10. The update, which began reaching consumer customers April 30, will start landing on Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise PCs that use Windows Update for Business (WUfB) to download and install feature upgrades.

All editions of Windows 10 1803, aka the "April 2018 Update," will be provided security patches and other bug fixes until November 2019, or for the standard 18 months. That will be in contrast to the four previous feature upgrades, designated as 1511, 1607, 1703 and 1709 in Microsoft's yymm format. Customers who licensed Windows 10 Enterprise or Windows 10 Education received 24 months of support for those versions.

Microsoft has outlined how it plans to make Windows 10 a completely password-less experience for the enterprise and ensure credentials can’t be cracked, breached, or phished.

To win over enterprise users Microsoft and Google are battling and sometimes collaborating on the goal to eradicate passwords from sign-in processes. Microsoft has now claimed a breakthrough on this front - albeit one with a few preconditions for now. The preconditions for a password-free experience include that a device has been set to Windows 10 S ‘mode’, a locked down version of Windows 10 where apps can only be installed from the Microsoft Store. It’s also limited to enterprise users that login through a cloud-based Microsoft managed service account or Azure Active Directory.  

Customers who need more information about paid supplemental servicing, including costs, should contact their designated account team, Microsoft said.