MICROSOFT HAS CONFIRMED that it will stop supporting Windows 10 on 14 October 2025, despite touting the release as the "final" version of Windows.
The company has updated its handy Windows lifecycle fact sheet to show the end of mainstream support for Windows 10 as 13 October 2020, and the end of extended support as 14 October 2025.
Windows 10 will go the way of Windows XP after this date, and Microsoft will no longer provide automatic fixes, updates and technical assistance.
The date also suggests that Microsoft is reducing the interval between versions of Windows becoming obsolete from three years to two.
There are some disclaimers tucked away at the bottom of the fact sheet, explaining that "not all features in an update will work on all devices" after 14 October 2025, and "a device may not receive updates if the device hardware is incompatible, lacking current drivers, or otherwise outside the original equipment manufacturer's support period".
Windows 10's end of life, while typical of Microsoft, contradicts the firm's previous remarks that the operating system will be the "final" version of Windows.
Microsoft suggested in May that the Windows-as-a-service policy launched alongside Windows 10 will mean that the future of the operating system lies in evolution, rather than revolution. This will see the end of Patch Tuesday, for example, in favour of 24/7 software updates.
"Right now we're releasing Windows 10, and because Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, we're all still working on Windows 10," said Jerry Nixon, developer evangelist at Microsoft, at the time.
However, Microsoft was forced to issue a statement following this remark which explained that Windows 10 might not be the definitive version of the operating system after all, so we'll no doubt be talking Windows 11 in a few months' time.
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