End of Windows 10? Microsoft looks to end support in 2025
Windows 10 is now installed on over a billion PCs around the world, but it seems its future is in doubt. Microsoft just updated its Windows 10 Home Pro Lifecycle Policy page, confirming that the current operating system will “retire” on October 14, 2025 — that’s just over four years away. The Redmond company also states on this page that it will “continue to support at least one Windows 10 Semi-Annual Channel until October 14, 2025.”
So what happens to PCs after this date? Well, despite Microsoft saying in 2015 that Windows 10 would be the company’s “last version” of Windows, it doesn’t seem to be the case.
There are rumors that Windows 11 is coming soon with a big reveal that is expected to take place on June 22 at a major launch event. The high-profile keynote was revealed by the official Windows Twitter account and comes after Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella teased that the “next generation” of the operating system is coming.
In May, Nadella said, “Soon we will be sharing one of the most significant updates to Windows of the past decade to unlock more economic opportunities for developers and creators.
“I’ve been hosting it myself for the past few months and I’m incredibly excited about the next generation of Windows. We look forward to sharing more soon.”
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Microsoft is no stranger to ending support for its most popular operating systems with Windows 7, the latest victim of the upgrade program.
Windows 7 updates were scrapped in January 2019 and Microsoft no longer supported it.
As the company explained at the time, “You can continue to use Windows 7, but after support ends, your PC will become more vulnerable to security threats and viruses.
“Windows will continue to start and run, but you will no longer receive software updates, including security updates, from Microsoft.”
Whether the same fate will come to Windows 10 remains to be seen, but it looks like users may need to get ready for another big change in 2025.
Express.co.uk brings you all the news from the big Microsoft event on June 22, so keep an eye on this page.
Things kick off at 4pm BST with Microsoft livestreaming the showcase on the web, with the company currently teasing, “Join us to see what’s next for Windows.”
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