In recent weeks, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will reach end of life with support for the OS retiring on 14th October 2025.
Upon launch of Windows 10, Microsoft committed to 10 years of support with an original end of support date set for October 2020. That end of support has not yet commenced, as Microsoft has been introducing regular updates and extending active Windows 10 support.
We’re still not in the extended support phase of Windows 10, so for now we will still get new features along with support for bug fixes / security patches.
The Windows 10 OS was the first of its kind for Microsoft, moving away from the typical model of releasing a new version every few years. Instead, Microsoft evolved and moved Windows to an “as a service” platform, updating twice a year with new features. It was initially believed that this would be the “last ever version of Windows”.
Microsoft have also detailed further ‘end of life’ products within their lifecycle policies, including:
- Ecxhange Server 2016 & 2019
- Office 2016 & 2019
- Dynamics CRM 2015, Dynamics GP 2015, Dynamics NAV 2015
Of course this end of life announcement means one thing… Windows 11 is on its way! Yesterday saw Microsoft publicise Windows 11 with an official launch event, setting the expectation of what’s to come.
“We’ve simplified the design and user experience to empower your productivity and inspire your creativity. It’s modern, fresh, clean and beautiful. From the new Start button and taskbar to each sound, font and icon, everything was done intentionally to put you in control and bring a sense of calm and ease. We put Start at the center and made it easier to quickly find what you need. Start utilizes the power of the cloud and Microsoft 365 to show you your recent files no matter what platform or device you were viewing them on earlier, even if it was on an Android or iOS device.” Source: Microsoft Windows Blog
If you would like advice with regards to upgrading any of the products that will reach end of life and be out of support in 2025, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
We understand that Windows will begin its rollout towards the end of Autumn 2021 (October-November).
Windows 11 has all the power and security of Windows 10 with a redesigned and refreshed look. It also comes with new tools, sounds and apps. Every detail has been considered. All of it comes together to bring you a refreshing experience on your PC.
Absolutely! Windows 10 will be supported until October 2025 so there’s no immediate rush to upgrade. Microsoft are offering a free upgrade to Windows 11 for eligible devices, so we would recommend taking up this offer to remain on the most secure and up to date version of Windows. To check if your current Windows 10 PC is eligible for the free upgrade to Windows 11, visit Windows.com to download the PC Health Check app.