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How Long Will Windows 10 Receive Updates?

Microsoft No Comments on How Long Will Windows 10 Receive Updates? 266

…once a Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device…

http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/01/21/the-next-generation-of-windows-windows-10/

A big question for any tech in regards to Windows 10 is how long Microsoft will support it with patches and updates.  Generally Microsoft supports operating systems for 10 years and they specifically layout the support policy here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/lifecycle . Until now it has been simple to check the website to know how long an OS will be supported so that you can make plans for the future.  If you’re on Windows 8.1 you can see that support runs through January 10, 2023.

With Windows moving to version 10 and a continuous upgrade cycle a very real question is how long will PC’s be supported under this new paradigm.  Sadly Microsoft has left us with a very fuzzy idea of what the support length will be.  What does, “supported lifetime of device…”, mean? Does this mean devices will essentially be supported forever, or on the other hand is it possible a company like Lenovo could literally request Microsoft stop supporting it’s older systems simply in order to force people to buy new ones?

At this point we simply do not know how long Windows 10 is planned to be supported for.  Frankly for most people this won’t matter, but it could end up being an issue.

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Eli Etherton

I am Eli "the Computer Guy" and have been in the tech industry for approx. 20 years doing all kinds of odd projects. I started as an electronics tech in the US Army, worked in corporate IT during the IT Boom, was an individual consultant and grew my tech shop to have numerous full time employees and supported small business clients with computer repair/ server maintenance/ web development/ surveillance systems/ telephone systems until the great recession. After that I started creating video training on all the topics I know and now have a YouTube Channel with over 500K subscribers. I am the founder of GeekBrainDump.com and my plan is to create a tech "news" site that I would actually find useful if I was still in the server room.

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