It seems that the transition from Windows 10 to the next version, whether it will be called Windows 11, or will have a new name, will become inevitable in just a few years. Microsoft has already announced a presentation event for the next major version of its operating system, but now also mentions how long Windows 10 users have before software support for it is turned off, as it was turned off a few years ago. and support for Windows 7 and 8.
Windows 10 will receive 10 years of official software support
According to a technical support document from Microsoft, recently updated with new information, Windows 10 will receive official software support until October 14, 2025. Thus, those who will choose to remain on the current operating system, have at least four years to enjoy operating system updates, especially in the security updates category.
Microsoft lists that support will stop for Home and Pro, but most likely companies that use “Enterprise” will receive extended support, which can certainly be extended for a fee, as in the case of Windows 7 and 8. .
The good news is that Microsoft seems to be offering the same 10-year support it has offered to other operating systems in the past, without forcing users to quickly transition to a new version of Windows. However, it is unclear how the new Windows 11 will be distributed to customers.
It is unclear whether Windows 11 will be a free upgrade
Microsoft chose to offer Windows 10 for free to Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 users, but this happened in a context where Windows 7 was very popular and users refused to upgrade to 8. At the same time, 8 and 8.1 were not well received. by the user community, they provide an interface more suitable for tablets than for desktop devices.
In fact, of all the major desktop operating systems on the market, Windows is the only one that is available under a premium license. macOS is free, comes pre-installed on every device, and the new annual versions are free. Linux distributions are generally free and open source, while other operating systems such as Chrome OS (in turn based on Linux) are also pre-installed at the factory. There is a chance that Windows 11 will be offered for free as an upgrade for Windows 10 users.
Robert J. Smith is still early into his career as tech reporter but has already had his work published in many major publications including JoyStiq and Android Authority. In regards to academics, Robert earned a degree in business from Fordham University. Robert has passion for emerging technology and covers upcoming products and breakthroughs in science and tech.