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Microsoft wants you to pay for updates

Microsoft recently announced that starting October 14, 2025, free support and security updates for Windows 10 will be a thing of the past.

Paying for updates might seem a bit surprising, but let’s put it in context. By 2025, Windows 10 will have reached its 10-year milestone, and there’s a good chance we’ll be looking at Windows 12. As you know, Windows 11 is already here.

Maintaining several outdated operating systems can be challenging even for a tech behemoth like Microsoft.

While 2025 might seem far away, it’s wise to start evaluating your options now. Here’s what you can consider:

Option 1: Upgrade to Windows 11
Microsoft would love for you to make the switch to Windows 11. It’s packed with great features and comes with free updates until it reaches its own end of life.

Option 2: Stick with Windows 10 and pay
You can opt to stick with Windows 10, but you’ll need to pay for security updates (no new features, though). The exact cost isn’t known yet, but it’ll likely be a subscription-based model for monthly updates.

Option 3: Stick with Windows 10 and don’t update it
Yes, you can continue using Windows 10 without shelling out any cash, but this isn’t recommended. Without updates, your business’s PCs could become vulnerable to threats and security issues. And without Microsoft’s backing to resolve problems, even tech pros like us would be left in the lurch. So, please avoid this route!

You have until October 2025 to make a decision, so no need to rush. However, if you want your business to excel this year, we strongly suggest upgrading to Windows 11 sooner rather than later. It offers immediate access to features that could streamline your processes and make life easier for your team.

If you’re contemplating the move to Windows 11 or exploring other alternatives, we’re here to ensure a smooth and seamless transition. Don’t hesitate to reach out.

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