Windows 10 Enterprise differences and similarities

Dec 12, 2018 | Martin's Corner

Now that all the dust caused by Windows 10 settled a bit, I thought it would be a good idea to revisit the differences and similarities between the Enterprise versions of Windows 10.

 

Semi-Annual Channel (previously called CBB)

This version of Windows is ideal if you need to be as updated as possible. Microsoft will update this version twice a year, incorporating enhancements, bug fixes and features. Each release is supported for 18 months.

 

Long-Term Servicing Channel or LTSC (previously called LTSB)

This version of Windows is ideal for functional stability, as a new version is released every two or three years, and it provides five years of mainstream support, in addition to five more years of extended support. This allows for consistency and a tighter control on changes. LTSC still receives security and non-security updates, but will not receive new features or functionalities.

 

Which version should you select?

If you need the latest and greatest features as soon as they are released, the Semi-Annual  Channel is the way to go. If you need time to validate software or don’t need the latest features, LTSC is your best option.

Customers currently using a LTSC version can select to upgrade to a newer version, but switching between Channels is not allowed.

Version

Servicing Option

Availability

Latest Revision Date

1809

Semi-Annual

11/03/18

12/05/18

1809

LTSC

11/03/18

12/05/18

1803

Semi-Annual

04/30/18

11/27/18

1709

Semi-Annual

10/17/17

11/27/18

1607

CBB

11/29/16

12/03/18

1607

LTSB

08/02/16

12/03/18

1507

LTSB

07/29/15

11/13/18

About the Author

Martin Rudloff
Martin Rudloff is Chief Technical Officer at Corvalent. With 30+ years of experience in Electronics, Martin manages Concept to Development, Production and Validation, and Product Support.

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