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This article was published on June 15, 2021

Windows 10 has only 4 years left to live (officially)

Four years on the clock

Windows 10 has only 4 years left to live (officially)
Ivan Mehta
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Ivan Mehta

Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh." Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh."

Microsoft will soon announce the next version of Windows on June 24. But before that happens, the company has already declared that it’s ending support for Windows 10 on October 14, 2025.

As noted by Thurrott, this is the first time the firm has specified an end date for the entire operating system. Windows 10 was originally unveiled in 2015, so it will have had a good run of 10 years — suits its name too.

What does it mean for you when Microsoft will end support for Windows 10? Well, for starters, you’ll stop receiving software updates, and there will be no new features added to the operating system.

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The company might have an extended support window where they issue bug fixes and patches, so you can run your system without worrying about security.

While home users might prefer to update to the new version of Windows within a couple of years of its release, enterprises may not make that switch quickly. That’s because they often run several pieces of custom-made software tailored to a particular OS, and those may not be updated as soon as the next version of Windows is out.

So Windows 10 is not dying out anytime soon, but we at least know the date when Microsoft will start pushing users towards the newest version of its operating system.

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