Windows 10 branch upgrades and Shavlik Protect 9.2 Update 3 available!
It has been a busy week here with the 4th of July holiday and a couple of content and product releases.
On Tuesday we released a content update which added support for pushing Windows 10 1511 to Windows 10 1507 systems. Shavlik Protect 9.2 now supports branch upgrades! For instructions on how to upgrade Window 10 systems to branch 1511, please see our community post.
With the Windows 10 Anniversary update coming on August 2nd, those Windows 10 systems running the original 1507 branch will start their countdown to end of support for updates. Microsoft has stated a 4 month grace period once a new branch releases before the N-2 branch stops receiving updates.
The recommended approach to supporting these branch upgrades is to keep a pilot group moving ahead to the new branch soon after it releases. Those systems on the previous Current Branch for Business (in this case 1507) should start migrating to the new CBB (1511). The 1608 (Anniversary update) branch will become the new Current Branch and you will have around 8 to 10 months to evaluate this within your pilot group before the next branch update releases.
On Thursday this week we released Update 3 for Shavlik Protect 9.2. This update includes several customer reported bug fixes. For more details or to download the latest installer visit our downloads page.
More than half of our customer base has already moved to Protect 9.2 and are taking advantage of the great new features and speed of Protect 9.2. For those customers still on 9.1 or 9.0 please keep in mind that these versions will reach end of service this year. Protect 9.0 is ending service as it was scheduled to do, but Protect 9.1 is being moved forward because of SHA 1 end of life. Protect 9.2 supports SHA 256 and after upgrading will migrate the Protect Console and Agent certificates over to SHA 256. For more details please see our product life-cycle policy here.
- Shavlik Protect 9.0 will reach end of service on 2016/10/19.
- Shavlik Protect 9.1 will reach end of service on 2016/12/31.
- Shavlik Protect Threat Protection in Advanced and AV Add-On editions will also reach end of service on 2016/12/31.