Microsoft to end Windows 10 support on October 14th, 2025

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Microsoft is ending support for Windows 10 on October 14th, 2025. It will mark just over 10 years since the operating system was first introduced. Microsoft revealed the retirement date for Windows 10 in an updated support life cycle page for the OS. Thurrott reports that this is the first time Microsoft has ever described the end of support for Windows 10.

It’s not clear exactly when the support document was updated, but Thurrott reports it only previous documented “when specific Windows 10 versions would leave support,” and not the entire OS. It could be another hint that a new version of Windows is on the way.

Microsoft has been dropping lots of hints that it’s ready to launch Windows 11. The software maker is holding a special Windows event to reveal the “next generation” of the OS next week. The event starts at 11AM ET, and the event invite includes a window that creates a shadow with an outline that looks like the number 11. Microsoft execs have also been teasing a “next generation of Windows” announcement for months, and one even described it as a “new version of Windows” recently. Microsoft also teased Windows 11 during an 11-minute video last week.

We’re expecting Microsoft to announce a new version of Windows with significant user interface changes, and an overhaul to the Windows Store. Microsoft has been working on something codenamed “Sun Valley,” which the company has referred to as a “sweeping visual rejuvenation of Windows.” There will be many other changes, so read our previous coverage for what to expect.

We’re expecting to see a new version of Windows soon.

Microsoft originally committed to 10 years of support for Windows 10, with an original mainstream end of support date set for October 13th, 2020. That mainstream end of support has not yet commenced, as Microsoft has been introducing regular updates and extending active Windows 10 support.

We’re still not in the extended support phase of Windows 10 yet, which is the period when Microsoft doesn’t add new features to an operating system and simply maintains support with bug fixes and security patches.

Windows 10 has been an unusual release for Microsoft, as it moved away from its typical cadence of releasing a new version of the OS every few years. Instead, Microsoft moved Windows to more of a service, updating it twice a year with new features. Microsoft may have described Windows 10 as “the last version of Windows,” but it has now been nearly six years since its release and Microsoft looks ready to move on to something new.

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All I want to know is will Phil be there on June 24th?

You know, the legendary outlaw

Mike Jones

Whatever happened to Windows 10 being the "last version of Windows"? Like they genuinely made a huge deal out of that at the time?

They lied

In 2015 , PC market was dying literaly, so Microsoft thought only large companies would use computers at work.
In 2020, 5 years later, the COVID Pandemic showed that smartphone/tablets are not good for working from Home, so the PC got revival.
All those who thought Microsoft would now become an IBM company, focused on Enterprise software made a very bad prediction, and now Microsoft stock is more valuable than ever.

Yeah, if they’re actually going for "Windows 11" I think it’s stupid. The reputation of Windows 10 is quite good (now) and they managed to deliver valuable updates over the years. Until they change a very significant part of the architecture (like going all-in on cloud computing, switching to another kernel or something like that) there’s zero need for a new name or version number. Right now it seems they are mostly polishing the interface, which is something they should have done years ago and under the current version number.

I’m really hoping all this hype isn’t just about a visual refresh and an updated store!

In an ideal world, I’d like to see an option for a cloud element to this – hosted desktops for the masses (albeit that I would expect there to be a subscription attached to this, so I’d like to see it as an option). So – wherever you are you can login to your cloud based desktop and carry on where you left off, regardless of what device you’re using. Also, you’d be able to ‘scale up’ the cloud based machine for the times when you want to do any heavy processing.

Then – at the same time – they can bring Neo back. You wouldn’t need it to be hugely powerful as your legacy Win32 stuff can run on your machine in the cloud. They could probably even just do application virtualisation rather than the whole desktop.

But I suspect this particular dream won’t come true.

Welcome to the new lipstick.

I disagree with the last sentence, Microsoft has made Windows 10 more friendly for laptops/desktops than tablet/touch devices, there is a reason for that, Windows 8.1 was really good for tablets, but unfortunately, the lack of support for banking apps, flight reservation, navigation support is what made developers abandon Microsoft Store, however, there is a huge probability, that Android apps are coming to Windows 11 via an emulator which is much better than Bluestacks.

If you look back, they actually didn’t make a huge deal out of it. One employee said it in an interview one time and it blew up.

He also stated they were all working on "the last version of Windows.." as in, the last one to come out, which was Windows 10. He didn’t mean it would be the last one ever released, but blogs decided to make it a story anyway.

The plans changed.

They always do.

Master chief

Way back in 2015, Microsoft’s developer evangelist Jerry Nixon stated that Windows 10 is the last version of Windows:

"Right now we’re releasing Windows 10, and because Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, we’re all still working on Windows 10." – Jerry Nixon.

However, as pointed out by Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley and highlighted by Rich Woods on Twitter, Microsoft has never publicly said in plain words that Windows 10 is the last version of the Windows operating system.

Only one developer evangelist only gave the statement. However, the Microsoft PR team never denied it.

He might have meant "last" as in "most recent", not as in "final" and it’s been blown out of all proportion since then!

That’s 100% what he meant, as in "the last version of Windows that was released".
Sites like this just took that quote out of context and ran with it like crazy claiming they’d never move on from Windows 10. It was pretty lazy journalism TBH since it was never officially confirmed by Microsoft to mean what a lot of these blogs were saying it meant. But here we are. Now they’re trying to spin it like "MS IS GOING BACK ON WHAT THEY SAID", when in reality it’s "No, you guys just reported it wrong and don’t want to admit it."

Their PR team never provides any substance.

Does any PR team?

If they drop the "10" then that would exactly what they said as it would be the last numbered version of Windows and after that it would just be "Windows".

That statement was BS from the very start. There was no way the could forever resist the temptation to upversion it.

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