Skilling snack: Windows lifecycle
Published Apr 13 2023 03:00 PM 5,004 Views

Servicing refers to maintaining your devices up to date with security, quality, and feature updates. In Windows, it's part of the optimal lifecycle that preserves functionality and security of our products and your peace of mind.

Check out our policies below, take training on our servicing model and channels, browse frequently asked questions, and find detailed release information for your versions of Windows!

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Overview - Product End of Support and Retirements - Microsoft Lifecycle

Learn about modern and fixed policies for Microsoft products. From there, search end-of-support (EOS) and retirement details by year or product.

(2 mins)

EOS + Retirement + Support + ESU


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Explore the Windows servicing model - Training

Review your options of Windows servicing channels, including the Windows Insider Program, the General Availability Channel, and the long-term servicing channel (LTSC). If you're a beginner IT admin, claim your 700XP-award for completing this introductory learning module!

(18 mins)

WaaS + Servicing + Insider + GA + LTSC


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Windows Insider LIVE: March 2023

If you're part of the Windows Insider Program, watch this discussion of what's coming in 2023, including new and improved channels! Try a new Canary Channel or the rebooted Dev Channel and learn how to switch channels based on your needs. Not an insider yet? Scroll down and register under Experience!

(53 mins)

WIP + Canary + Dev + Beta + Release Preview + Continuous Innovation


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Lifecycle FAQ - Windows

Have a question? See if it's already been asked and answered! Find information on general Microsoft lifecycle policies, feature and product lifecycles, and servicing timelines for versions of Windows.

(14 mins)

Windows 11 + Windows 10 + Windows Server + WSUS + Embedded + IoT + Hardware + OEM + Edge + LTSC


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Windows 11 - release information

Consult servicing information by version, as well as release history of Windows 11. Learn how we service our latest versions of Windows currently in the General Availability Channel.

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22H2 + 21H2 + Home + Pro + Pro for Workstations + Education + IoT + Pro Education + Enterprise + EOS


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Windows 10 - release information

Consult servicing information by version, as well as release history of Windows 10. Find servicing options, dates, and KB articles for each build.

(33 mins)

22H2 + 21H2 + 20H2 + Enterprise + IoT + LTSB + LTSC + extended support + EOS


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Search Product and Services Lifecycle Information - Microsoft Lifecycle

Search for the lifecycle information by product.

Lifecycle data export - Microsoft Lifecycle

Export lifecycle data by product, family, group, or date.

The Windows Insider Program

Be the first to see what's next for Windows in the Windows Insider Program. Register today!

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You can bookmark Windows release health for updated release and lifecycle information. And when your devices do reach that retirement time, find our End-of-life management and recycling stance and tips.

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