As technology evolves, so does the lifecycle of operating systems. Microsoft recently announced a significant change for Windows 10 users. In October 2025, Windows 10 will reach its end-of-life (EOL) stage, marking the end of an era.
What Does End-of-Life Mean?
When an operating system reaches EOL, it no longer receives regular updates from the developer. For Windows 10, this means no new features or regular updates post-October 2025. However, users who wish to continue using Windows 10 can still do so.
Introducing the ESU Program
To aid users in maintaining security, Microsoft introduces the Extended Security Update (ESU) Program. This program allows Windows 10 users, including individual consumers, to receive important security updates for an additional three years. Enrolling in this program requires an annual fee, ensuring that users continue to receive critical security patches.
No New Features, Just Security
It’s important to note that the ESU program will only provide security updates. There are no new features planned for Windows 10 post-EOL.
Pricing and Future Plans
As of now, Microsoft has not disclosed the pricing details for the ESU program. This move aligns with Microsoft’s lifecycle policy for operating systems, mirroring a similar approach taken when Windows 7 retired.
A Step Towards the Future
While some may view this as an end, it’s also a transition towards newer, more advanced operating systems. Users are encouraged to consider updating to the latest OS while keeping the option to stick with Windows 10 for a bit longer.