Microsoft has confirmed that it will end support for Windows 10 in 2025, amid speculation it is about to announce a Windows 11 operating system that will never happen.
Ahead of an event to reveal the ‘next generation of Windows’ on 24 June, Microsoft has confirmed that the current desktop platform will reach the end of its lifecycle on 14 October 2025. This means it will no longer receive security or feature updates, although Microsoft has often extended these dates for previous versions, as users transition.
Whether that means we’re going to see Windows 11 finally remains to be seen. It sure does, however, that Microsoft has some sort of planned successor in the near future. Over the past week, we’ve heard a whisper of the name Windows Sun Valley, but it’s likely to be a codename for whatever Microsoft is working on.
Until recently, Microsoft’s official word was that Windows 10 would be the last major designated version of the world’s most popular operating system. Back in 2015 Microsoft itself said that Windows 10 would be “the last version of Windows”, and we would have heard little to suggest otherwise, with Microsoft regularly updating Windows 10.
Then came Microsoft Build, last month, when Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed that he was using a new, top secret version of the operating system, which the company was going to reveal soon.
He said: “Soon we’ll be sharing one of the most important updates to Windows of the last decade to unlock more economic opportunities for developers and creators. I’ve been self-hosting it for the past several months, and I’m a Windows I’m incredibly excited about the next generation of Windows 10. Our promise to you is this: We’ll create more opportunities for every Windows developer today and welcome every creator who wants to build and distribute applications and monetize the most innovative, Looking forward to the new, open platform. We look forward to sharing more very soon.”
We’ll see Windows 11 running on the best laptops in 2021 or beyond, but Microsoft clearly has something big up its sleeve ahead of the June 24 event.