Windows 10 will be supported until 2025, says Microsoft’s Windows lifecycle fact sheet
Microsoft has officially announced that Windows 10 will be supported until 2025.
So what happened to “Windows 10 is the last version of Windows”, lets find out.
Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that its upcoming operating system, will be its last version, and that it will be continued to be supported through updates, in what it calls “Windows as a service”.
This is essentially in place to ensure that users get security updates and feature updates quickly, as and when they are rolled out, and avoids the need for large service packs. The Redmond Company has also changed the way updates are delivered, by disallowing users from deferring updates.
This applies to all Editions of Windows 10, except for the Enterprise Edition, which is serviced by the Long Term Servicing Branch, which is only updated once in a couple of years.
Now, let us consider the promise Microsoft made about free upgrades. The company said that it would offer Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users a free upgrade to Windows 10,if they did so, within a year of Windows 10’s launch. By upgrading the device, users will be eligible for free updates for the lifetime of the device.
That is, once the device is not functioning, and you move to a new PC, you will need a new license. But it appears, that the operating system itself has a lifetime too. Microsoft has updated its Windows lifecycle fact sheet to reflect that Windows 10 will be supported until October 13, 2020, when it reaches End of mainstream support. The operating system will get a further five years of extended support, until October 14, 2025.
This is Microsoft’s standard practice, and one which has been in place since the days of Windows XP.
Computer World says that Microsoft will support Windows 10 for its traditional decade of support, or as long as the computer is capable of handling the OS, whichever comes first.
In a email to CW, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed the lifecycle of Windows 10.
“The traditional 10-year support lifecycle applies to all SKUs”.
SKUs are stock-keeping units aka the Editions of Windows 10 (Home,Pro,etc).
The footnote given at the lifecycle page (also in the screenshot above), says that devices need to have the latest updates to continue being supported, and that updates may include new features, fixes. The updates are cumulative, and are built upon all of the updates that preceded it, which explains why it is necessary to install every update. Well, with the lack of the option to turn off updates, this isn’t going to prove to be a hurdle anyway.