The impact of this issue announcement is medium – critical. Please act accordingly to rectify the issue, as stated below.
What you need to know:
Upcoming Windows 10 End–of–Life
|Windows 10 version history||Date of availability||End of service for Home, Pro, Pro Education, and Pro for Workstations editions||End of service for Enterprise and Education editions|
|Windows 10, version 2004||May 27, 2020||December 14, 2021||December 14, 2021|
|Windows 10, version 1909||November 12, 2019||May 11, 2021||May 10, 2022**|
|Windows 10, version 1903||May 21, 2019||December 8, 2020||December 8, 2020|
|Windows 10, version 1809||November 13, 2018||November 10, 2020***||May 11, 2021**|
|Windows 10, version 1803||April 30, 2018||November 12, 2019||November 10, 2020|
|Windows 10, version 1709||October 17, 2017||April 9, 2019||October 13, 2020***|
|* Windows 10, version 1703 for Enterprise, Education, and IOT Enterprise editions were released on April 11, 2017.|
|** Serviced for 30 months from release date per policy updated at September 6, 2018.|
|*** Delay to scheduled end of support and servicing dates due to public health situation. For more details visit here.|
Actions to be taken:
System Admins should plan and deploy the latest version of Windows 10. If there are challenges in upgrading, customers need to have a vulnerability protection solution in place. (I.e. APEX One, Vulnerability Protection).
What is the impact of not doing the actions?
End-of-life software dangers:
Security vulnerabilities: No more security fixes being issued by Microsoft means that EOS versions of the Operating System are now a minefield of security hazards. A firewall and anti-virus are not sufficient protection against unpatchable vulnerabilities, which hackers are quick to exploit.
Software incompatibility: New applications are optimized for the most recent OSes.
Compliance issues: Regulated industries like healthcare and e-commerce deal with lots of sensitive customer data. In addition to security lapses, it could result in big fines, company shutdowns, or possible jail time.
High operating costs: The costs of maintaining and bug-fixing any post-EOL software can be steep.
Poor performance and reliability:
Consider that downtime alone could be more costly than an overdue upgrade.