Like previous Windows versions before it, Microsoft has committed to a ten-year support lifecycle for Windows 10. The company confirmed the news just days before the OS is scheduled to arrive on July 29.
According to the Windows Lifecycle Fact Sheet, the end of mainstream support for Windows 10 will come on October 14, 2020. Extended support, meanwhile, will come to a close on October 14, 2025.
The fine-print states that a device needs to install the latest Windows 10 updates, which can include new features as well as security updates, to remain supported. However, Microsoft warns that, “a device may not be able to receive updates if the device hardware is incompatible, lacking current drivers, or otherwise outside of the Original Equipment Manufacturer’s support period.”
Ed Bott, a writer for GameSpot sister site ZDNet, adds more on the subject about potential OEM issues.
“If you’re concerned about the ramifications of that OEM support clause, you can rest easy, based on what I’ve heard from insiders with knowledge of the new rules,” he said.
Be sure to read ZDNet’s full report for lots more on Windows 10’s supported lifecycle and more.
In other recent news about Windows 10, Microsoft has announced that Xbox One-to-PC streaming is now available to everyone running an early version of the new OS.