Microsoft prepares the death of Windows 10

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Microsoft will stop selling Windows 10. But it will continue to provide updates until 2025.

Microsoft prepares the death of Windows 10

After the end of support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 earlier this year, there are only two versions of the operating system, Windows 10 and Windows 11 (the most recent version, unveiled in 2021). But although Windows 10 is still the most used version of the operating system, Microsoft is already planning its death. And the first step in this process is the end of commercialization.

Today, Microsoft sells both Windows 10 licenses and Windows 11 licenses. But very soon, there will only be Windows 11. Indeed, it is this month of January that the Redmond firm ends the sale of Windows 10. This is stated in a small note on its website.

“After January 31, 2023, the download of Windows 10 will no longer be offered at the sale”, can we read in this one. But beware, the end of the sale of Windows 10 does not mean that this version can no longer be used. Even though the OS is no longer commercially available, it will continue to receive support and updates until 2025, which is 10 years after launch. “Windows 10 will continue to be supported with security updates that help protect your PC from viruses, spyware, and other threats until October 14, 2025,” Microsoft says.

The beginning of a transition

In any case, the end of the sale of Windows 10 marks the beginning of the end for this operating system. And over the next few years, before its end of support, Microsoft will certainly encourage individuals and businesses to switch to Windows 11. Moreover, this transition is one of the reasons why IDC believes that a part of the PC market could return to growth as early as this year.

“Supply-side activity shows that many large vendors entered 2023 with a cautious outlook, but the consensus is that parts of the PC market could return to growth in late 2023, with the overall market following in 2024. The commercial segment has several growth drivers, including the approaching end of support for Windows 10 […]”, reads a recent firm publication on shipments in the last three months of 2022.

Unfortunately, due to the high requirements of Windows 11 in terms of characteristics, it is possible that a good number of Windows 10 PCs cannot support this OS. But for older computers, there are alternative operating systems, including ChromeOS Flex, offered by Google.

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