Microsoft will end support for Windows 10 on October 14, 2025, ending just over 10 years since the operating system was first introduced. Microsoft revealed the retirement date for Windows 10 on the operating system's updated Support Lifecycle page. And Thurrott reports that this is the first time Microsoft has ever described ending support for Windows 10.
It's not clear exactly when the support document was updated, but Thurrott reported that the company previously documented when support for certain versions of Windows 10, not the entire operating system, will end. This could be another hint that a new version of Windows is on the way.
And Microsoft gave a lot of hints that it is ready to launch Windows 11. The software giant is holding a special event for the Windows operating system to reveal the next generation of the operating system next week. The event begins at 11 a.m. EST, and the event invitation includes a window that creates a shadow with an outline resembling the number 11.
The company's managers have also been eager to announce the next generation of the system for months. Someone even described it as a new version of Windows recently. Microsoft also teased Windows 11 with an 11-minute video clip last week. The software giant is expected to announce a new version of its operating system with major changes to the user interface and an overhaul of the App Store.
Microsoft is working on something called Sun Valley, which the company has referred to as the comprehensive visual revamp of Windows. Which also includes many other changes.
Microsoft originally committed to 10 years of support for Windows 10, with the original Mainstream support ending date set for October 13, 2020. This mainstream support has yet to start, as the software giant offers regular updates and expanded support for the active system.
We're still in the extended OS support phase so far, which is the period when the company doesn't add new features to the OS and maintains support with bug fixes and security patches. Windows 10 was an unusual release for a software company, breaking away from its usual rhythm by releasing a new version of the operating system every few years. Instead, it has moved Windows to a service, updating it twice a year with new features.
Microsoft may have described Windows 10 as the latest version of Windows. But it's now been nearly six years since its launch, and it looks like the company is ready to move on to something new.