Microsoft will stop releasing updates for the original version of Windows 10 in March this year, but the majority of computer users are already ready for this, according to statistics.
As we reported to you a few days ago, Microsoft will no longer update Windows 10 version 1507 (the original version released in July 2015) starting March 26, as the company’s Windows as a Service approach forces the transition to the latest two Current Branch of Business (CBB) versions 60 days after installation media for the latest update is released.
In other words, once Microsoft rolls out installation media for the Anniversary Update, the company will only actively service Windows 10 November Update (version 1511) and the Anniversary Update (version 1607), with support for the original release (version 1507) to be pulled.
The launch of installation media is planned for January 26, which means that on March 26, the original Windows 10 version stops getting updates.
And although for organizations this deadline might not be good news by any means, statistics show that the majority of users have already updated, not including here enterprises that are enrolled in the Long-Term Servicing Branch (LTSB).
Statistics provided in December by AdDuplex reveals that there were only 2.6 percent of users running Windows 10 version 1507, while only 10.4 percent of them were still on November Update.
The Anniversary Update was powering 86.3 percent of the Windows 10 systems, while Windows 10 Redstone 2 (Creators Update) builds were installed on 0.7 percent of the PCs - most of them, however, are consumers who are participating in the Windows Insider program.
In other words, the March 26 deadline shouldn’t impact too many Windows 10 customers, although there’s a possibility that some companies might have to speed up their upgrade policies to make sure their systems continue to be updated.
But in the end, the Windows 10 version fragmentation barely exists, with Microsoft doing quite a good job when it comes to moving users to the latest version of the operating system whenever it becomes available.