Microsoft has dropped a bombshell: starting October 14, 2025, free support and security updates for Windows 10 will be a thing of the past.
Now, the idea of shelling out for updates might raise an eyebrow or two, but let’s give this some context. By 2025, Windows 10 will have celebrated its tenth birthday, and chances are, Microsoft will have unveiled Windows 12. Oh, and don’t forget, Windows 11 is already up for grabs.
Supporting a multitude of aging operating systems can be a Herculean task, even for tech titans like Microsoft.
While 2025 might seem like a distant future, it’s prudent to start sizing up your options now. Here they are:
Option 1: Embrace Windows 11
Microsoft’s golden choice is for you to hop on the Windows 11 train. It boasts fantastic features and free updates until it bows out.
Option 2: Stick with Windows 10 and Foot the Bill
You can opt to stick with Windows 10, but brace yourself to open your wallet for security updates (no shiny new features, though). The exact cost remains a mystery, but it’s likely to be a subscription for monthly updates.
Option 3: Stick with Windows 10 and Play with Fire
Sure, you can dance with the idea of keeping Windows 10 without parting with cash, but it’s a risky tango. Without updates, your business PCs become sitting ducks for threats and security headaches. Plus, without Microsoft’s safety net, even tech whizzes like us are left stranded. Please, for the love of all things tech, steer clear of this option!
You’ve got until October 2025 to make up your mind, so no need to break a sweat. But if you want your business to be on top of its game, we strongly recommend making the leap to Windows 11 sooner rather than later. Immediate benefits include features that could spruce up your processes and make your team’s lives a breeze.
If you’re mulling over the Windows 11 move or exploring other avenues, we’ve got your back to ensure a smooth and hassle-free transition. Let’s chat.