Microsoft Reveals End-of-Life Date for World’s Most Popular Operating System

Despite Windows 11 being released more than two years ago as a free update, it still lags behind its predecessor Windows 10 in terms of market share. With Windows 10 still holding 71.64% of the market share according to StatCounter data, Microsoft has announced that support for Windows 10 will be abandoned on October 14, 2025.

This news is not surprising given that the system requirements for Windows 11 have forced users to have relatively modern computers, leading many to stick with their current computers and Windows 10. Additionally, Windows 10 is still favored by many users, including gamers, as evidenced by the latest Steam survey. Furthermore, there are business users who cannot update all their computers in a short period of time due to the time and cost involved.

This situation is reminiscent of what happened with Windows XP, which remained popular for years after its successors were released, leading Microsoft to continue supporting it to avoid leaving millions of computers completely abandoned.

The decision to end support for Windows 10 in 2025 implies that the system will no longer receive updates of any kind, including security updates, making it vulnerable to new security threats. Microsoft has also announced a new extended support plan for Windows 10, called ESU (Extended Security Updates), which promises three years of monthly updates until 2028, available for a fee primarily aimed at businesses.

For the majority of users, the deadline of October 14, 2025 signals the need to upgrade to Windows 11 or buy a new computer if their current one is not compatible. Additionally, with the expected launch of Windows 12 and new processors for AI, it may be a good opportunity to change PCs before the end of Windows 10 support.

It’s important for users to plan for this transition and consider their options before the deadline arrives.