Microsoft will launch Windows 11 LTSC version
Earlier, Microsoft has revealed that it will launch Windows 10 LTSC version 2022, Microsoft Office 2021 version, Microsoft Office LTSC version, and Windows Server 2022 version before the end of the year. Only the Windows Server 2022 version and the already launched Windows 10 IoT LTSC version will provide 10-year support, and the support period of other long-term service versions has been shortened from 10 years to 5 years. The reason for this is that Microsoft does not like the long-term service version used by enterprises because it will not be able to obtain the latest features provided by Microsoft for Windows systems. Of course, servers and IoT products do need to provide long-term and reliable support, so these versions are still available for 10 years of support.
In addition to Windows 10 LTSC 2022 version and Windows Server 2022 version based on Windows 10 21H2, Microsoft will also launch Windows 11 LTSC version, but users who are looking forward to it may be disappointed because it’s a few years out.
We announced the next Windows LTSC would be built on Windows 10, version 21H2, and yes it will be a 5 year support lifecycle. We can expect that the next LTSC *after* Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2021 will be built on Windows 11. And it will also keep the 5 year support. However, that’s expected in 3 years or so, so anything can happen in that timeframe. If you need to use LTSC for a longer period, we recommend moving to Windows 10 IoT LTSC.
The new LTSC version to be launched is the Windows 10 LTSC 2022 version, which is based on the Windows 10 21H2 version and is expected to be released at the end of this year.
The life cycle of Windows 10 will end in 2025. Even if the Windows 10 LTSC 2022 version is launched at the end of the year, considering the 5-year support cycle, it can only be used until 2026. So looking at the current situation, there is not much difference between continuing to use Windows 10 or the LTSC version, but considering that Microsoft may continue to roll out updates to Windows 10, LTSC 2022 may be the best choice.