End of support:
End of support refers to the date when Microsoft no longer provides automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance. Without Microsoft support, you will no longer receive security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software that can steal your personal information.
Microsoft sets Windows 10 end of support coming in 2025:
Microsoft will end support for Windows 10 on 14 October 2025, it has confirmed. The tech giant updated its Windows lifecycle fact sheet over the weekend, where the end of support for all versions of Windows are listed, to show the end of mainstream support for Windows 10 as 13 October 2020 and end of extended support as 14 October 2025. After this date, the company will no longer provide automatic fixes, updates and technical assistance.
The new end of life date was revealed on the Windows life-cycle fact sheet, which shows that mainstream support for Windows 10 will end on the 13th of October 2020, with extended support set to end five years later. After this date, Microsoft will no longer provide regular updates for the software or any technical assistance.
Windows 10 isn’t even out yet but already its creator Microsoft has foretold its death. Support for Redmond’s Omega operating system will cease finally on October 14, 2025. That’s the date when fixes and patches in all their forms for the as-yet unreleased client operating system will finally be turned off by Microsoft.
Run a piece of Microsoft software after the end of extended support, and you so entirely at your own risk. If new malware vulnerabilities are discovered after the end of extended support, Microsoft won’t publish any fixes – unless you sign a paid, Custom Support Agreement (CSA)
The support cycles are in keeping with Microsoft’s programs for other versions of its client software. Details on what you can expect in terms of Microsoft’s long-term commitment to Windows 10 on some of the important, finer details that had yet to be filled in.
Windows 10 complicates Microsoft’s support picture slightly as it will supposedly be Microsoft’s last client operating system. Dates for Microsoft support have lasted roughly five years for mainstream, plus another five for extended support based on when a new Windows has shipped.
Mainstream support: Mainstream support will expire on October 13, 2020. Mainstream support covers requests to change product design and features, plus security updates with various no-charge programs. The end of mainstream support for Windows 10 as 13 October 2020
Extended support: Extended support cuts out design and feature changes and the complementary program. The end of extended support as 14 October 2025.
There is also an extensive footnote to accompany the lifecycle dates, which includes disclaimers such as “not all features in an update will work on all devices” and “a device may not receive updates if the device hardware is incompatible, lacking current drivers, or otherwise outside of the Original Equipment Manufacturer’s support period”
It also advises users that, as updates are cumulative, for the latest update to be installed all the preceding ones must have been as well. The timing also indicates Microsoft is reducing the interval between versions of Windows becoming obsolete from three years to two.
Whether this means that we will see a Windows 11 in the next few years, despite Microsoft’s previous statements to the contrary, or a significant “Windows 10.1” update in the vein of Apple’s OS roll-out programme, however, is unclear currently and may remain so for some time.