Microsoft has always focused on building the tools and platforms that IT needs to be successful. In this era of digital disruption, we are working to deliver a modern workplace experience that is loved by users and trusted by IT. This focus is at the heart of how we build Windows 10—bringing you the latest advances in security, IT tools, and productivity, anchored in intelligence powered by the cloud.
I’m happy to announce that Windows 10, version 1903 is now available through Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and Windows Update for Business, and will be able to be downloaded today from Visual Studio Subscriptions, the Software Download Center (via Update Assistant or the Media Creation Tool), and the Volume Licensing Service Center. Today marks the start of the servicing timeline for this Semi-Annual Channel release, and we recommend that you begin rolling out Windows 10, version 1903 in phases across your organization—validating that your apps, devices, and infrastructure work well with this new release before broad deployment.
As you look to roll out this new update to your organization, here are some of the new capabilities that will enable you to benefit from intelligent security, simplified updates, flexible management, and enhanced productivity. For a closer look at these improvements, join me and my colleague Alan Meeus for a one-hour webcast on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, then bring your questions to our next Windows 10 Ask Microsoft Anything (AMA) event on Tuesday, June 4, 2019.
The biggest concern for most companies today—and their IT departments—is security. With cyberthreats rapidly increasing every day, organizations need intelligent security to defend and protect their environments. Windows 10 comes with security built-in, and it leverages the cloud to coordinate defenses across email, data, and devices for end-to-end protection using the Microsoft Graph.
Here are some of the new intelligent security capabilities included in Windows 10, version 1903:
For the latest information on new Microsoft Defender ATP features and functionality, bookmark the Microsoft Defender ATP blog on Tech Community.
With Windows 10, version 1903, you’ll see the following improvements to help you to streamline deployments and update management:
To deliver that secure and productive experience that users and your organization are expecting, it's critical to use modern management practices. Here is what Windows 10, version 1903 has to offer around delivering enterprise-ready devices and simplifying the ongoing management of those devices.
Ultimately, Windows 10 is about providing a great, productive experience for users. Here are some of the key productivity enhancements in this new feature update:
Will there be a new Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) release?
No. Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2019 is the current LTSC option, and was released with Windows 10, version 1809 in November. The next LTSC release can be expected toward the end of 2021. Customers currently using the LTSC for special-purpose devices should start working to upgrade those devices to Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2019 as mainstream support for that release will continue until January 9, 2024.
Can I upgrade our devices from Windows 7 directly to this new update?
Yes. You can upgrade directly from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, version 1903. We strongly encourage you to begin your upgrade process immediately, to avoid missing the January 14, 2020 end-of-support date for Windows 7.
What if my applications are not compatible with Windows 10, version 1903?
Windows 10 is the most compatible Windows operating system ever. Through millions of data points from customer diagnostics, and the Windows Insider Program validation process, we’ve found that 99% of apps are compatible with current Windows 10 releases. As a result, you can expect that most applications that work on Windows 7 will continue to work on Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus. However, if you do encounter an application compatibility issue as you deploy Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus, or with a subsequent feature update, Desktop App Assure will help you fix them at no additional cost with an eligible subscription (150+ seats). For more information about Desktop App Assure, see our blog post on Standing behind our application compatibility promise.
To support the release of Windows 10, version 1903, we have released updated versions of the following resources:
To increase transparency around updates, we have also launched a new Windows release health dashboard, which provides you with timely information on the status of the Windows 10, version 1903 rollout, details on any known issues (including the status of those issues, workarounds, and resolutions), and important announcements.
For help with configuring and deploying updates, please see the following resources:
To see a summary of the latest documentation updates, see What’s new in Windows 10, version 1903 IT pro content on Docs.
For information on what’s new for developers, see What's new in Windows 10 for developers, build 18362. For a full list of new namespaces added to the Windows SDK, see New APIs in Windows 10, build 18362. And, for a list of features and functionality that have been removed from Windows 10, or might be removed in future releases, see Features removed or planned for replacement starting with Windows 10, version 1903.
And, for the latest updates on new releases, tools, and resources, stay tuned to this blog and follow us @MSWindowsITPro on Twitter.
 Windows Defender ATP achieved IS0 27001 certification in September of 2017. We are including this information here to confirm that this certification also, therefore, applies to Microsoft Defender ATP.
 To use Windows Hello with biometrics specialized hardware, including fingerprint reader, illuminated IR sensor, or other biometric sensors is required. Hardware-based protection of the Windows Hello credential/keys requires TPM 1.2 or greater; if no TPM exists or is configured, credentials/keys protection will be software-based.
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