When considering Windows 10 LTSC, companies frequently mention that the default version of this operating system is delivered without apps that are already included in the versions Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise. But this motivation is not enough, as – on the other hand – the Windows version comes with a whole stack of restrictions that wipe out any apparent benefits inherent to this aspect.
For instance, the Windows 10 LTSC 2016 Version does not support any Intel CPUs above Kaby Lake, which prompts me to list a few of the important drawbacks:
- No support for:
- In-place upgrade of Windows 7 to Windows 10 LTSC
- New features and support for more recent processor and chip generations will only come every two to three years for a new Windows 10 LTSC version
- Windows Analytics Upgrade Readiness
- Windows Store
- Surface hardware
- Edge browser
- LTSC does not keep pace with the feature enhancements for Windows Defender ATP
- No clearly defined roadmap for future versions
- No support for Microsoft Office 365 (Office 2016) from January 2020
Quite apart from these aspects, the devil is actually in the detail. Here an example: There have been problems with .NET Version 4.6.2 when Windows LTSB 2015 was installed on a touch device, leading to a failure of all .NET applications. And although the issue has since been rectified, it does indicate the significance of what needs to be considered before rolling out the system.