it feels like the end, Microsoft is stopping major OS updates

Windows 10 is currently in its last two years. Microsoft has just announced that the operating system will no longer receive updates and that the 22H2 update released last year is the last of its kind.

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Launched in 2015, Windows 10 is now on its way out. Not in terms of popularity, as this version of the operating system remains by far the most widely used in the world. Windows 10 has more than 73% of users worldwide, compared to 20% for Windows 11 (source: statcounter). On the other hand, Microsoft has already signed the death warrant for its operating system.

Microsoft just announced that the 22H2 edition of Windows 10 deployed in November 2022 is actually… The latest “major” OS update.

Windows 10 version 22H2 is the last major OS update

Windows 10 will therefore no longer benefit from major new features in the coming years. Users of this version of the operating system will therefore have to settle for security updates and patches of all kinds. Otherwise, they always have the option to perform a free update to Windows 11, provided their configuration allows it. And if the system refuses to install, there’s a little trick to get around the restrictions Microsoft puts on non-compatible PCs.

For the occasion, Microsoft has also clarified the end date of Windows 10: it is scheduled for October 14, 2025. All editions of the operating system, whether Home, Pro, Enterprise, Education, Pro Education or Pro for Workstations, will no longer receive security updates from this date.

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Finally, Microsoft also indicates that the next versions of Windows 10 LTSC (dedicated to businesses) will be released in the second half of 2024. Only these editions are entitled to updates until January 2027. The IoT Enterprise version will even receive support until January 2032.

Anyway, you still have time to continue using Windows 10, but at the end of 2025 it will definitely be time to migrate to a new version of the operating system or, why not, to an alternative Windows 10 system.

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