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Windows 10 - The End is Near

Windows 10 has been with us since 2015 and is slated to leave us in October 2025. For many, this will be a non-event, just as saying goodbye to Windows 7 was for many in 2020. Actually, I think we were all too busy with other events in 2020 to even raise our heads from the liquor bottle to care if Windows 7 was leaving.

For most, it is a non-issue, another blip in the ever-changing technology landscape. But make no mistake, regardless of how little this upcoming change means to you, now is the time to start planning. IT is going to be busy trying to flush out the remaining Windows 10 installs and with Windows 11's hardware TPM/UEFI requirements, it means purchasing new computers for many.

Waiting will work against us. Get your IT crew moving now and stay ahead of the rush. Don't be that 4:55 PM call on a Friday afternoon with an 'emergency' ticket of our own doing caused by procrastination.

What is Windows 10 End of Life?

Windows 10 End of Life (EOL) is the date when Microsoft will stop providing security updates, bug fixes, and technical support for Windows 10. This means that any devices running Windows 10 after this date will be vulnerable to security risks, performance issues, and compatibility problems with new software and hardware.

Windows 10 EOL is scheduled for October 14, 2025, which is exactly 10 years after its initial release. This is consistent with Microsoft's policy of providing 10 years of support for its operating systems, divided into two phases: mainstream support and extended support. Mainstream support covers the first five years of the product's life cycle, during which Microsoft offers new features, enhancements, and regular updates. Extended support covers the remaining five years, during which Microsoft only offers security updates and critical fixes.

Windows 10 is currently in its extended support phase, which means that it will not receive any new features or improvements, but only security patches and bug fixes. However, this does not mean that Windows 10 is obsolete or unsafe to use. It is still a reliable and secure operating system that can run most of the applications and devices that you need. However, as the EOL date approaches, you should start thinking about your upgrade options and prepare for the transition to Windows 11.

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