Upcoming Windows 10 and Office Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) releases
Originally published: February 18, 2021
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For consistency, the next LTSC versions of both Office and Windows 10 Enterprise will be released in the second half of calendar year 2021 with aligned lifecycles.
Office LTSC for commercial
The next perpetual version of Office for commercial customers will be called Office LTSC (Long Term Servicing Channel), releasing in the second half of 2021. The commercial preview will be available in April 2021.
Office LTSC will be governed by the Fixed Lifecycle Policy, offering 5 years of Mainstream Support.
Office 2021 for consumers and small businesses
For consumer and small to medium businesses (SMB), the next perpetual version of Office will be called Office 2021 and governed by the Modern Lifecycle Policy for a minimum of 5 years. The stay current model of the Modern Policy will allow users to take advantage of newer features like modern coauthoring within Office 2021.
Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC
The next version of Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC, releasing in the second half of 2021, will change to a 5-year lifecycle, aligning to Office LTSC. The lifecycle for previously released versions of Windows 10 LTSC will not change.
Please note that Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSC will also be released in the second half of calendar year 2021 but will maintain a 10-year lifecycle. You can read more about the Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSC announcement on their blog here.