Microsoft recently announced that it would stop support for windows 10 on 14th October 2025. This will be just over 10 years since Windows 10 was first introduced. Microsoft announced the retirement date for the operating system in the new support life cycle page for the operating system. This is the first time that the company has revealed the end of premium support for this operating system.
It isn’t exactly clear when Microsoft updated the support document, but the most significant thing is that they have made it clear they would stop supporting Windows 10 in the next 4 years. This is a clear indication that a new operating system is on the way.
Microsoft has most recently been dropping many hints that they are ready to launch a new version (Windows 11). In fact, the software giant has over the past few months been holding special Windows events to show the “next generation” of the operating system. Also, Microsoft executives have been teasing the next Windows generation for months and one has even been described as the “new windows version”. Also, Microsoft has teased windows 11.
It’s expected that Microsoft will announce the new windows version with a remarkable user interface and a complete change of the windows Store. Over the past few months, Microsoft has been consistently working on a new product with the code name “Sun Valley” that the company has been referring to as the “Sweeping Windows Visual Rejuvenation”.
Microsoft had initially committed to supporting windows 10 for 10 years, with the original mainstream support end date having been set for 13th October 2020. However, this end of support hasn’t commenced yet mainly because Microsoft has over the years been introducing more updates and extending support for windows 10.
In 2021, we are still not in an extended support stage of Windows 10, meaning Microsoft won’t be adding any new features to the OS and will just maintain support with security patches and bug fixes.
Essentially, Windows 10 hasn’t been the usual release for the software giant, mainly because it moved away from the typical cadence of releasing the new version of the operating system. Rather, Microsoft has moved windows to a service, updating the OS twice every year with more new features.
PC Windows 10 Support Ends 14th October 2025
In reference to Microsoft’s lifecycle official website, the software enterprise will support windows 10 Education, windows 10 enterprise, windows 10 pro, and Windows 10 Home editions until 14th October 2025. When this time comes, all the regular desktop versions of this OS won’t be supported anymore, this means the company will no longer offer security updates.
Once support for windows 10 ends, users will be required to upgrade to Windows 11 in order to continue receiving the security updates. In the connected world, we are living in today, these updates are important for maintaining your data security and personal privacy.
How Long Will Windows 10 Continue Receiving Security Updates?
As mentioned earlier, Windows 10 Pro, Home, Education, IoT Enterprise, and Enterprise would no longer be receiving updates after 14th October 2025.
Windows LTSC is another specialized edition of windows tailor-made for businesses that require long-term support and will continue to receive updates even after 2025. Windows 10 IoT 2019 LTSC and Windows 10 2019 LTSC will no longer receive updates on 9th January 2029.
With the company not offering any security updates, you’ll be on your own. This is because new vulnerabilities found in the OS after the company may not patch this date. However, you can’t depend on it, so the best thing you can do is upgrade to the new version (Windows 11) by October 2025.
How Long Should I Continue Using Windows 10?
Luckily, Windows 10 will not magically stop working on 14th October 2025 even after Microsoft stops offering security updates. This means you can typically continue using it as some people have done with the previous OS versions, but this isn’t a great idea.
With complex ransomware, remote exploits, and phishing attacks being quite common, the stakes are very high for you to risk your sensitive data using the unsupported OS.
Therefore, you should update when you’re ready and the good news is you have until 2025 to get this done safely, but remember technology keeps evolving and time waits for no one.
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