Windows 10, version 1909 is now available through Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and Windows Update for Business, and can be downloaded from Visual Studio Subscriptions, the Software Download Center (via the Media Creation Tool), and the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC).
We recommend IT administrators begin targeted deployments of Windows 10, version 1909 to validate that the apps, devices, and infrastructure used by their organizations work as expected with the new features. As recently announced in blogs by John Cable and John Wilcox, Windows 10, version 1909 can be delivered in a new, streamlined fashion to devices currently running Windows 10, version 1903. For details on this new delivery approach, read John Wilcox’s blog post on Windows 10, version 1909 delivery options. The update process will be the same as previous feature updates for devices running Windows 10, version 1809 and older—or if you choose to deploy Windows 10, version 1909 from media.
Today marks the start of the servicing timeline for this Semi-Annual Channel release. By updating to Windows 10, version 1909, devices running the Enterprise and EDU editions will receive 30 months of support. (Devices running the Home, Pro, Pro for Workstations, Pro Education, and IoT Core will receive the standard 18 months of support.) For more details, see the Windows lifecycle fact sheet.
As you begin to roll out this new update to your organization, here are some of the new, key features and enhancements that will allow you to benefit from intelligent security, simplified updates, flexible management, and enhanced productivity.
11.21.2019 Editor's note: We have updated this section to remove an error. Windows Sandbox does not support mixed-container scenarios at this time.
To complement your Windows 10, version 1909 experience, we’ve been busy with other new, exciting products and features that you may have heard about!
On Tuesday, November 19, 2019 from 9:00-10:00 AM Pacific Time, we will be hosting a live Windows 10 Ask Microsoft Anything (AMA) event on the Tech Community. This event is your opportunity to talk to the engineers and product managers—and ask them any questions you may have about update management, deployment, device management, identity management, policy settings, you name it.
To participate, visit https://aka.ms/ama/w10v1909 at 9:00 AM on November 19th, sign in to Tech Community, and post your questions! We’ll have members of the Windows Autopilot, Microsoft Endpoint Manager, Microsoft Defender ATP, Microsoft Edge, Windows Servicing & Delivery, and other teams standing by to provide answers.
In the meantime, here are some answers to frequently asked questions that come up when we release a Windows 10 feature update.
Is there also a Windows Server release with this release?
Yes. The next Windows Server semi-annual channel (SAC) release is also available today. The Windows Server semi-annual channel is designed for customers who wish to take advantage of new operating system capabilities at a faster pace. Windows Server, version 1909 is focused on reliability, performance and other general improvements. It will be available from Azure Marketplace or the VLSC.
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 of 2018. 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 Windows 10, version 1909?
Yes. You can directly upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10, version 1909. We strongly encourage you to begin your upgrade process immediately to avoid missing the January 14, 2020 end-of-support date for Windows 7.
How can I preview versions of Windows 10 before they become available? I want to start testing these new features early so I can deploy them when they are released!
The Windows Insider Program for Business team enables IT administrators to view and provide feedback on upcoming security, management, and productivity features ahead of release. Plus you can manage the installation of Windows 10 Insider Preview Builds across multiple devices in your organization using WSUS and Configuration Manager. For more information, see Publishing pre-release Windows 10 feature updates to WSUS.
Windows 10, versions 1903 and 1909 share a common core operating system with an identical set of system files (again, see Windows 10, version 1909 delivery options for details), you can continue to use the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) for Windows 10 that was released with Windows 10, version 1903 for Windows 10, version 1909. This applies to developer kits, like the Windows HLK, HCK, and WinDbg.
We will, however, be updating the following resources for this release:
To see a summary of the latest documentation updates, see What’s new in Windows 10, version 1909 IT pro content on Docs.
 Update Assistant support for Windows 10, version 1909 will be available the week of November 18, 2019.
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