Microsoft will make Windows 10 security updates available to regular
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Microsoft will make Windows 10 security updates available to regular users after support ends – of course not for free

Microsoft will give Windows 10 users the ability to receive security updates even if the operating system ends support in 2025. This is done as part of the extended support program “Extended Security Updates” on a paid basis. Usually, the software giant only offers payment for updates under ESU to companies that need to use older versions of the operating system, but now private individuals also have this opportunity.

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Image source: Microsoft

“While we strongly recommend upgrading to Windows 11, we also understand that there are circumstances that may prevent you from replacing Windows 10 devices before the end of support. Therefore, Microsoft will offer extended security updates. The Windows 10 ESU program will contain critical and/or important security updates. The ESU program does not support new features, non-security updates, or design change requests. Technical support outside of the ESU program is also not available.”Microsoft said in a statement.

We would like to remind you that support for Windows 10 ends on October 14, 2025, that is, just over 10 years after the release of the software platform. Many expected Microsoft to extend the life cycle of the operating system since it is still very popular. However, Microsoft has instead decided to offer users paid security updates through the ESU program for three years after support for the operating system ends.

“If you are an individual consumer or organization and decide to continue using Windows 10 after support ends on October 14, 2025, you have the option to enroll your PC in the paid Extended Security Updates (ESU) program . More detailed information, including prices, will follow later.”explains Microsoft.

Microsoft’s move comes as a surprise, especially after the software giant announced earlier this year that it was rethinking its approach to Windows 10. Microsoft has added Copilot, an AI assistant, to the operating system and does not rule out adding new features in the future. The company’s current announcement should mean that Windows 10 users can’t expect any major innovations. Despite this, Windows 10 remains an extremely popular software platform, even though its support period is gradually coming to an end.

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