Thursday, August 25, 2016

New Windows 10 LTSB release planned for October 1st!

Last year with the Windows 10 release, a Long-Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) release was offered too. Currently, Windows 10 LTSB is essentially the Windows 10 RTM (1507) release with certain features such as the Edge browser and Windows Store permanently removed. On October 1 however, a new Windows 10 LTSB build will be released, starting another 10-year support window. This build is called Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB 2016.

Windows 10 Enterprise 2016 LTSB builds on Windows 10 Pro, version 1607 adding premium features designed to address the needs of large and mid-size organizations (including large academic institutions), such as advanced protection against modern security threats, full flexibility of OS deployment, updating and support options; as well as comprehensive device and app management and control capabilities.

The LTSB edition provides customers with access to the Long-Term Servicing Branch as a deployment option for their mission critical devices and environments. It can be used also when yearly Current Branch updates are not desirable. By contrast, LTSB is only due to receive revisions every two or three years, where two major Windows 10 updates are planned for Current Branch next year. A mix of both LTSB and CB/B may be realistic also, when modern features are not needed on all systems.

LTSB can only be purchased with a volume license agreement or MSDN subscription, but for presentation Microsoft allows you to download a fully functional free 90-day trial.

Two major Windows 10 updates planned for next year
Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB 2016 will be released on October 1


  1. i'm sorry, but could you tell me where this info is comming from? the current LTSB2015 is already available, as staded in your article, what is announced as of October 1st?
    the source listed in the link doesn't give any info and seems to have missed the august release of LTSB2016... might want to double check that.
    anyway, i'd be most interested to have confirmation from MS on that one, it'd blow their entire lifecycle management annoucement if it was true, so i don't think it is...
    just my 2 cents...i might be wrong;)
    Pierre JOUBERT

  2. Booo it's available on MSDN but not VLSC yet. Why October 1st?

    1. Because Microsoft needs some extra time to converting CB to LTSB I guess.

  3. LTSB 2016 is already out there since August. If you ask me, there will be no re-issuing of it this would kill it for all high risk customers in need for a stable and long term crippled and secured OS if MS would release 3 LTSB in 2 Years, comon.
    The source article is just confused, but ask any MS TAM dealing with LTSB and you'll get the same sound: LTSB 2016 is out, there will probably be no LTSB issuing until at least 2 years in order to keep the promise of 3 years lifecycle between editions made to both OEMs and Corporate Clients.
    LTSB is meant to NOT EVOLVE, beeing the replacement for EMBEDDED editions it's something you set up, secure, and forget. If you have to keep tracks of evolutions there's just no sense in LTSB. So unless some new feature makes it way to CB/CBB and gets a worldwide first of a kind acceptance and applause, there's realy no need for a new LTSB.
    Cummulative Updates make 2016 edition secured and uptodate system wise, and that's all that's needed from LTSB Client Perspective.
    Just my two cents after dealing with 3 customers on LTSB for highly secured environement and kiosk like devices...
    Have a blast of a day,

    1. Thanks for comment! I guess we talk about the same build here, which is released in August for MSDN and in October for VLSC subscriptions. Have a nice day too! /Henk