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Surface and Windows 10 LTSB Compatibility Documentation Updated

Microsoft has now updated its documentation to show the virtues of running its Surface devices on either Current Branch (CB) or Current Branch for Business (CBB) over choosing the Long Term Servicing Branch (LTSB). LTSB is a choice for those running systems that can’t be updated regularly like ATMs or manufacturing systems, and it seems more often these days Microsoft is trying to wean customers off using it. The company provided LTSB for those rare situations and continually warns against choosing it as an option except in those extreme cases.

The documentation update seeks to further make its case against choosing LTSB. Some key components in the updated docs says…

  • Surface devices provide the best experience when you use the recommended Windows 10 Current Branch (CB) or Current Branch for Business (CBB) servicing options.
  • With LTSB on a Surface device, some of the important features of Windows 10 that are required by Surface features are not available and therefore some functionality is reduced.
  • If you need to leverage newer drivers or firmware to overcome a technical issue, or if you are replacing older devices with newer hardware, you may need to upgrade your environment to a newer version of Windows 10.


Additionally…Microsoft provides some questions to help customers choose against LTSB…

Q: Will the devices have Microsoft Office installed?

A: It is not recommended to use Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB on devices that run Microsoft Office or other productivity software.

Q: Will the devices need to run Windows Store apps?

A: The Windows Store is not available in Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB, so if you need to run a Windows Store app, you should not use Windows 10 LTSB on that device.

Q: Will the devices be used to browse the internet?

A: Using a device to browse the internet, for example to access social media or to research a subject through a search engine, is a strong indicator that the device is not a good fit for Windows 10 LTSB.

Q: Is the device your users’ primary computing device?

A: The changing demands of your users may conflict with the static nature of Windows 10 LTSB. For example, they may need to install an app or connect to a new device and find that it is unsupported in their current environment.


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