Microsoft to end support for Windows 10 in 2025

Microsoft has recently revelaed several new devices designed to run with Windows 10 (Microsoft)
Microsoft looks set to retire its Windows 10 operating system in 2025 (Microsoft)

Microsoft is set to retire the Windows 10 operating system a decade after it was first launched in 2015.

The tech giant is set to end support for Windows 10 Home and Pro editions on 14 October 2025, according to a lifecycle document on its website.

This does not mean the operating system will stop working. But Microsoft won’t issue new quality or security updates.

The firm is expected to announce details of its next generation operating system in the coming weeks, according to tech publication betanews.

It’s not yet clear when the new system will be available, or how long users will have to transition from Windows 10.

But some tech publications think it will launch as a free and optional upgrade this autumn.

When it was introduced as a free upgrade to Windows 8 in 2015, Windows 10 was expected to be Microsoft’s last new version of the operating system.

Instead of releasing new versions every few years, the company intended to update it on a more incremental basis.

The company previously released new systems every three to four years.

Microsoft ended support for Windows 7 last year, 11 years after its release. Support for its successor, Windows 8, lasted until just 2016.

The news comes just weeks after the company annouced it was retiring its flagship browser Internet Explorer after 26 years.

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