Is a Windows IoT upgrade on your 2023 roadmap?
Learn the difference between LTSC and SAC service to know your service options and make the best decision for your business and devices.
LTSC (Long-Term Service Channel)
Definition: The LTSC is designed to be used only with single-use, purpose-built devices. Releases are supported for 10 years, with optional feature releases every 2-3 years. Microsoft removes Windows Store from the installation.
What it means for you: If you are building a dedicated-use device (such as digital signage, medical devices, or ATMs) then LTSC is the right option for you. LTSC removes the consumer-facing applications so you have an optimized Windows OS for your device. LTSC is supported for ten years, so you can have the confidence that you will have the necessary support and security for your devices in the field.
SAC (Semi-Annual Channel)
Definition: The SAC is designed for general-purpose devices. Releases are supported for 18 months, with optional feature updates every six months. SAC includes Windows Store, Cortana, and other consumer-facing applications not included in LTSC.
What it means for you: If you are building a general-purpose device that needs to stay up to date on the latest software updates, SAC provides updates twice a year. This helps your devices benefit from the most recent developments in security and software.
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