A support life cycle page update reveals that Microsoft is planning on ending support for Windows 10 on 14 October 2025. This comes as no surprise as the software company is preparing to unveil the next version of its popular operating system later this month.
Thurrott reports that while the page previously detailed the end date for the support of specific Windows 10 versions, this is the first time that the current OS will have the axe brought down on it. The end-of-support timeline puts the Windows 10 lifecycle at just over a decade, since its launch back in July 2015.
Microsoft has been teasing the release of Windows 11 for a while now. Codenamed “Sun Valley”, the project has been described as a “visual rejuvenation” that includes an overhauled UI design and a revamped Windows app store.
On the subject of the new app store, it will reportedly allow developers to submit any Windows application, including browsers like Chrome or Firefox. The company is also considering allowing third-party commerce platforms, meaning Microsoft wouldn’t charge a commission from developers who use their own in-app purchase systems.
This would be quite beneficial for game developers as Microsoft already cut its app store commission from 30% to 12% just a few months ago.
As of now, the extended support phase of Windows 10 has not yet started even though Microsoft originally committed to a mainstream end of support date set for 13 October.
(Source: The Verge)