Windows 10 to be retired in 2025

Microsoft says it will stop supporting Windows 10 in 2025.

When Windows 10 was launched, Microsoft said it was intended to be the final version of the operating system. But from 14 October 2025, there will be no new updates or security fixes for either the Home or Pro versions.

Microsoft says the successor to Windows 10 will represent one of the “most significant updates” to the OS in the past decade.

Its predecessor, Windows 7, was retired in 2020.

Windows 10 was released in July 2015 and dubbed “Windows as a service”, which meant the software was gradually updated at no extra charge, rather than the company releasing a new version of its OS every few years.

Some commentators suggest the new OS will be given a name rather than numbered 11.

Rebranding rumours aside, it is likely to include a host of new features, a more modern look and a redesigned Start menu.