Windows 10 Will be Supported until 2020

Windows 10 Will be Supported until 2020

Windows 10 Retail Releasing on August 16th, Will come on USB

Windows 10 Will be Supported until 2020


Every product has a lifecycle, a time where a developer will stand by it's product, providing fixes, patches and online technical assistance. Companies cannot keep updating a product forever, after a while there is simply not the funding or a large enough userbase to support it, but thankfully by then a newer version of the product software is available.

Microsoft has now fully detailed the lifecycle of their upcoming Windows 10 OS, which from it's initial release date later this month on July 29th will be supported until October 13th 2020 with "mainstream" support and will have "extended" support until 2025.  


Windows 10 Will be Supported until 2020  

Some of you may be wondering what exactly "mainstream" and "extended" support means. To put it simply "mainstream" support is when Microsoft will provide performance fixes, bug fixes, security fixes, add additional features and otherwise improve the OS, after this time is an additional 5 years of what Microsoft calls "extended" support, which is when the OS will only have security fixes and will not make any other modifications to the OS.

Right now these dates for mainstream and extended support can change, as Microsoft will either support the OS with for 5 years after launch or up to two years after Microsoft's next OS is launched, whichever is longer. For example if Microsoft decided to release Windows 11 in 2019, Windows 10 mainstream support would end in 2021 and extended support will end in 2016. Alternatively if Microsoft decide to stick to Windows 10 for a longer haul, beyond 2020, mainstream support will not end until 2 years after a new OS is released.

Right now we know that Windows 10 will have a minimum of 5 years of support, with at least 10 years of security fixes, which is plenty of time given the lifecycle of most PC hardware. 


You can join the discussion on Windows 10's lifecycle on the OC3D Forums. 


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Most Recent Comments

19-07-2015, 17:42:20

Still a longer lifecycle than most companies so it's good to see they will continue to support there software for so longQuote

19-07-2015, 17:43:44

Dark NighT
10 years for a os is pretty decent, considering most of us get it for free atleast once, great deal.Quote

19-07-2015, 17:52:41

So much for them saying this is the the last OS Quote

19-07-2015, 19:08:56

Will be interesting whether technology will force them to release different OS 10 years is a long timeQuote

20-07-2015, 00:47:24

Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
So much for them saying this is the the last OS
Originally Posted by Excalabur50 View Post
Will be interesting whether technology will force them to release different OS 10 years is a long time
They will release a new one.. not doing so would be a pretty dumb idea tbh. If they stopped everyone would switch to either Crapple or Ubuntu(not that i have anything against them) but it would just be chaos. To many versions of Ubuntu to really get any kind of standard on it. They also have a 90% market share so they wouldn't just let them all go. In the future they might make a more module OS, where things can be taken out and new ones put in so its constantly updating. That'd be the closest to them saying not making a full blown new one, but rather make the new one then improve upon it until not feasible.Quote

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