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Which Windows 10 Service Branches Work with E-Business Suite?

Steven Chan
Senior Director

Windows 10 logoMicrosoft introduced a new model for updating Windows 10.  Instead of a traditional major upgrade cycle every few years, Microsoft has split their updates into three different "branches":

  • Current Branch (CB)
  • Current Branch for Business (CBB)
  • Long Term Servicing Branch (LTSB)

Microsoft has an overview of this service model here:

What is certified with EBS?

E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2 are certified with all three Windows 10 service options: Current Branch, Current Branch for Business, and the Long-Term Servicing Branch. 

All updates on all of those service branches are expected to work with EBS 12.1 and 12.2.  These updates include the Windows 10 Anniversary Update and the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update. 

EBS 12.1 and 12.2 customers do not have to wait for certification announcements before updating their Windows 10 desktop clients to any of the updates on any of the three Windows 10 service branches.

What about EBS 11i and 12.0?

In 2015 we certified the Current Branch (the version released by that date) of Windows 10 with EBS 11i, 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2.

EBS 11i and 12.0 are now in Sustaining Support. This means that:

  • We have not tested any Windows 10 updates with EBS 11i since December 2015. 
  • We have not tested any Windows 10 updates with EBS 12.0 since January 2015.

Support implications for EBS 11i and 12.0 customers

We do not have any plans to test new Windows 10 updates (e.g. Windows 10 Anniversary Update or Creators Update) with either EBS 11i or 12.0.  We have no plans to release new EBS 11i or 12.0 patches for compatibility issues with new Windows 10 updates.

We will issue new EBS 12.1 and 12.2 patches only to fix issues reported with Windows 10 updates that can be reproduced with EBS 12.1 and 12.2.

If you are concerned about the ongoing compatibility of your Windows 10 desktops with EBS 11i or 12.0, you should:

  1. Upgrade to EBS 12.1 or 12.2
  2. Freeze your Windows 10 desktop configurations at their current working levels
  3. Perform you own testing of new Windows 10 updates before rolling them out to end-user desktops

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