Microsoft has revealed in an updated support life cycle page for the OS that its support for Windows 10 ends on 14 October 2025. This will mark 10 years since the operating system was first introduced.
This is the first time Microsoft has ever described the end of support for Windows 10 and that it only previously 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, Thurrott reported.
Microsoft has dropped a lot 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 11 AM 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.
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.
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.