Windows 10 has four more years before it’s retired

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Next week Microsoft will host an event where it will showcase a “significant update” to Windows.

That update is looking more and more like the next iteration of Windows, Windows 11 or whatever the folks at Microsoft decide to name the operating system.

As of time of writing we have an invite, a tease from Satya Nadella and now, a Windows 10 End of Service date as well.

Over on the Microsoft website you can find this document which states the date for Windows 10 Home and Pro end of support will be 14th October 2025. Having launched in July 2015, that’s a rather long run though not as long as Windows 7 which only saw its end of life in 2020 following a 2009 launch.

Of course Microsoft could stay Windows 10’s execution with an extended support window but for the most part, come October 2025, updates and features likely won’t be delivered to Windows 10.

As mentioned, Microsoft has an event teasing a new operating system happening next week and if it announces a 2021 launch, that gives the Redmond firm four years to try convince folks to switch to the new operating system.

While one might think the prospect of a new and shiny operating system might be enough, it may not be.

When Windows 10 launched it took three years for Windows 10 to surpass Windows 7 as the most popular operating system from its stable.

These days Windows 10 accounts for 78.8 percent of all Windows PCs while Windows 7 still holds 15.52 percent of the market share.

We should also point out that while home users will likely switch quickly, enterprises may not and Microsoft is going to have to make the transition from Windows 10 to the new operating system as smooth as possible.

The next Windows operating system is going to have to pull out all the stops if it hopes to get folks to switch but perhaps Microsoft has already taken this into account.

We should learn more on 24th June.

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.


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