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Microsoft Windows 10 end-of-life. What next? 

In under two years, Microsoft Windows 10 will reach end-of-life, meaning it will no longer be supported or updated. The current version of Windows 10 (22H2) is Microsoft’s last, and after 14 October 2025, it will no longer benefit from monthly patch updates and support.

What does this mean for Windows 10 users?

Organisations will be able to continue to use Windows 10 after the end-of-support date. However, without security updates after that time, they’ll leave their IT network vulnerable to significant security threats.  

Additional risks of running out-of-date software include: 

  • Software incompatibility as outdated operating systems become unable to run newer software. 
  • Lower performance and reliability leading to lost productivity. 
  • Extra costs as IT teams spend more money and time trying to fix, secure, and maintain end-of-life technology that’s no longer supported. 
  • Failure to meet compliance standards set by industry regulators. 

So, while continuing to run Windows 10 is viable, it’s not a viable business strategy.

What’s the alternative?

Microsoft’s replacement for Windows 10 is Windows 11, which it began rolling out in October 2021. Windows 11 and Windows 10 operating systems share many similarities, although some significant differences exist.  

Aside from the visual changes – Windows 11 has a fresh new interface, the new operating system brings several enhancements, including: 

  • Greater security credentials with key features such as hardware-based isolation, encryption, and malware prevention turned on by default. 
  • Improved integration with cloud computing. 
  • Enhanced communication and collaboration features that streamline hybrid working. 
  • Greater energy efficiency. 

When should you make the switch? 

While there’s still a reasonable amount of time before Windows 10 reaches end-of-life, we recommend upgrading now, especially if your organisation has a large and complex IT infrastructure. The transition will require careful planning, and you may need a hardware upgrade to meet the Windows 11 operating requirements. Starting the migration sooner rather than later will facilitate a smooth transition. And, of course, the sooner you switch, the quicker your organisation can enjoy the benefits of the improved operating system. 

If your organisation is currently running Windows 10 and you’d like more information or support migrating to Windows 11, please get in touch