June 16, 2021
It seems that Windows 10 isn’t here to stay, as Microsoft has apparently set its retirement for October 14, 2025, The Register reports.
The news comes as a surprise since, upon the launch of Windows 10 in 2015, Microsoft announced its intention for this version of Windows to remain final with regular updates. Named “Windows as a service,” the final version was supposed to eliminate the need of buying a new OS every few years. Instead, it was to allow users to keep updating the current version at no extra charge.
It’s apparent, however, that Microsoft’s plans have changed, as its product lifecycle documentation has been updated, setting the retirement date for Windows 10 Pro and Home. Microsoft is preparing to make its big announcement at a June 24 virtual event where listeners will find out “what’s next for Windows.”
When talking about the event, current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stated that “soon we will share one of the most significant updates of Windows of the past decade… I’ve been self-hosting it over the past several months, and I’m incredibly excited about the next generation of Windows.”
According to some predictions, the new Microsoft OS won’t be numbered, but will instead have a name, signifying its departure from the previous versions and making it a new, unique, and stand-alone Microsoft product.
What Did Windows 10 Bring Us and What Can Be Improved?
Windows 10 has been having an overall successful run with only a few bumps on the road. Only a month after it was launched, users reported issues with their webcams. Over time, other issues came up, such as data loss, problems with printing and data connection, among others. It has also been accused of collecting too much user data.
Nevertheless, the OS has still kept its advantages over the competition, such as its flexibility, software availability, and excellent security, as well as VPS hosting solutions.
A big perk of Windows 10 is its constant free-of-charge updates, eliminating the need of buying a new OS every couple of years while still keeping up with the latest features. However, users have been complaining for years that these updates often break more than they fix. The latest issue is with the recently introduced News and Interests feature, which has been causing problems for some users.
As a result, there has been a level of dissatisfaction with Microsoft’s decision to move on to the next thing before focusing on fixing its existing OS.
Did you know that according to recent statistics, 32% of customers “break up” with a favorite brand after one poor customer experience? So, even if Windows is still the leader on the market, constant issues with their OS can drastically change the future trend.
These issues are probably why Microsoft has decided to scrap the idea of the “final version” of Windows and instead create something entirely new and innovative, especially since Apple and Google are slowly catching up in the OS race.