Windows 10 feature updates end after 10:22 PM, confirms Microsoft

Microsoft has said that the release of Windows 10 22H2 marks the end of feature updates for this popular version of its operating system. Over the coming months, Windows 10 will continue to receive regular bug fixes and security patches that apply to mainstream users until end of support (EOS) on October 14, 2025. Windows 10 was launched in mid-2015, so it will have enjoyed a ten-year reign.

In its client roadmap update (opens in new tab)'ed blog post, Microsoft says its Windows 10 product roadmap "helps consumers and organizations plan their Windows release activities." Specifically, the company used this community announcement to "strongly encourage you to upgrade to Windows 11 now." Some may see this announcement as a cynical push from Microsoft to try and hasten Windows 11 adoption.

The latest Microsoft operating system didn't have the best start when it launched in October 2021. We reported on a wide range of issues affecting the OS and continued to do so in 2023. Major ones were noticeable with the overall performance of the operating system, SSD performance (equal), game performance (equal), and printing. However, Windows 11 became the only version of the OS sold with new desktops and laptops starting in January. It's also gaining ground among gamers, and time has been a great healer. Microsoft addressed many startup issues and refined customisation restrictions that damaged Windows 11's initial reputation.

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If you're a user of one of the Windows 10 Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) editions, Microsoft says you'll continue to receive periodic updates beyond October 2025 according to the license. Regarding LTSC releases, another announcement in Microsoft's update was that Windows 11 Enterprise LTSC and Windows 11 IoT Enterprise LTSC will be available in the second half of 2024. More details about these Windows 11 releases will be shared later.

If you're still a bit confused about what happens with which version of Windows and when, Microsoft has implemented a Windows release health status (opens in new tab) page, which should help.

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