With the latest developments in technology, Microsoft tends to end its support for older software as it is not as popular as the latest ones. Microsoft is all set to stop support for Windows 10, and for the coming years until 2025, it will only get security updates on a monthly basis. After that, it will stop supporting the software anymore. The last and latest update for Windows 10 was 22H2, which was a major OD release for PCs that are using Windows 10. Microsoft has also stopped supporting Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 as of January 2023, and parallel to that, it has stopped selling downloads for Windows 10.
Microsoft will no longer provide feature updates for Windows 10
Windows 10 was launched back in 2015 with a promise from the company to provide updates along with technical assistance for the software. As for now, in its remaining life, it’ll only get security updates without any further feature updates or any major amendments from the company. As per the announcement from the company via a blog post, Microsoft stated 22H2 as the final released update for Windows 10.
However, the company assured that the security updates would be available until October 14, 2025. Other than that, the long-term servicing channel (LTSC) will keep on getting the update even after the deadline. However, this extended support for them will be dependent on their lifecycles. As per a suggestion from Microsoft, Windows 10 users should proceed to get updated to Windows 11 for better functional support.
Along with this announcement, Microsoft has also announced the release schedule for the latest LTSC release. Organizations that will be facing difficulties adapting to Windows 11 can surely further proceed to Windows 11 enterprise LTSC and Windows 11 loT enterprise LTSC later in 2024. Also, they are able to begin planning and testing hardware on the current availability channel release, which is surely Windows 11 version 22H2. The company tends to reveal more details closer to the latest LTSC release. Till then, you can rely on these guides for testing your apps.
As mentioned earlier in the article, Microsoft has ended its support for Windows 7 and 8.1. These users are advised to update to Windows 11 to be eligible for security updates and technical assistance from the company. The lack of support for this software from the company will make it vulnerable to viruses and malware as it will lack any advanced updates to the threat. Also, your PC, which was pretty good for older versions, will not be that compatible with the latest Windows 11. You might need to upgrade your device for this update, or you can check the compatibility of your device with the Health Check app.
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