- Microsoft will officially end the support of Windows 10 on October 14, 2025.
- The retirement date is for Windows 10 Home, Pro, Enterprise, and Education.
- The operating system will likely be replaced with Windows 11.
Windows 10 will officially reach the end of support on October 14, 2025. When Microsoft first announced Windows 10 back in 2015, the company touted it as the last version of Windows. However, the lifecycle page now states that the company will “continue to support at least one Windows 10 Semi-Annual Channel until October 14, 2025,” for the Home, Pro, Enterprise, and Educations versions, indicating that the days of the operating system are numbered.
The retirement date means that after October 14, 2025, devices running Windows 10 will no longer receive security and quality updates, and you will no longer be able to contact the company for support.
Although we are still a few years away before the operating system reaches the end of service, the documentation update further confirms that the company plans to replace Windows 10 with a new version – currently known as “Windows 11” (Sun Valley).
Although it is unclear when the move to the new version will take place, the company is expected to host a virtual event on June 24, 2021, to reveal the next generation of Windows, which is touted to be the most significant update of the past decade.
Also, the rumor has it that Microsoft plans to release version 21H2 in the fall as a feature update for Windows 10 alongside Windows 11 as a completely new version.
And this makes sense as when looking at the end of service date of Windows 10, there is time to release additional feature updates, which could be an indication that Microsoft may not be planning to force users into the new version immediately. Instead, users may have the choice to keep their current setup until they are ready to transition to the new version.