For years, Microsoft has made every effort to ensure that its users update their machines to Windows 10. On many occasions, the Redmond company has even been accused of forcing.
The goal was to reach one billion users for this version of the operating system. And that goal was officially achieved in March 2020. But today, given that Windows 11 has already been released, Windows 10 is taking a back seat.
The good news is that for those who don’t want to upgrade to Windows 11, and those with incompatible machines, Microsoft will continue to provide support for Windows 10. The bad news is that Microsoft’s priority is is now Windows 11.
While Windows 11 is still being deployed, Microsoft has also launched the November 2021 update to Windows 10. As our colleagues at The Verge note, this Windows 10 update does not include any major new features. Normal since, as mentioned above, Microsoft’s priority is now the new version.
But that’s not all. The Redmond firm also announced a change regarding the Windows 10 update cycle. Whereas previously Windows 10 received two major updates per year, Microsoft now wants to reduce this rate to one major update per year. year.
Following this November feature update, the next such update is slated for the second half of 2022 (and there probably shouldn’t be any big news to be expected). Officially, this transition has been launched so that the pace of Windows 10 updates matches that of Windows 11.
Windows 10 will be supported until 2025
In its announcement, Microsoft also recalls that it will continue to provide updates for Windows 10 until October 14, 2025. For a few years, therefore, the two OS will coexist. And given that Microsoft has set the bar very high when it comes to the features required to install Windows 11, Windows 10’s market share isn’t going to collapse overnight.
However, the fact that Windows 10 has an expiration date, and that Microsoft has decided to slow down the pace of feature updates, it seems like the beginning of the end for this OS.
Microsoft takes Windows 11 to the next level
As usual, instead of rolling out Windows 11 to all compatible devices from day one, Microsoft has taken a phased approach, slowing down that rollout. This makes it possible to limit the disruptions that may be linked to this deployment.
But this week, the firm nevertheless announced that it will accelerate the deployment of its new operating system.
“Today, based on the positive deployment experience and user feedback we have seen to date, we are moving the pace of the deployment faster than expected and are now making the Windows 11 upgrade more widely. available for qualifying Windows 10 devices ”, says John Cable, vice president at Microsoft.