Microsoft begins to say goodbye to one of its latest releases in terms of operating systems. The tech giant confirmed this Friday that it will officially cease selling Windows 10 licenses at the end of January, so it hopes to impose the latest version on its millions of users.
The kingdom of who knew how to be the most popular operating system in the worldavailable in Home and Pro variants, it has been around since its announcement in late 2014. But it was only a year after that the public release arrived, in July 2015.
After the criticisms received by Vista and versions 7 and 8, Windows 10 has been a breath of fresh air for many: a return to the user experience with Windows XP and its simple and effective interface.
Additionally, the end of sale of Windows 10 resembles what happened with its predecessors Windows 7, 8 and 8.1, since Microsoft stopped providing updates for those operating systems on January 10th.
Although the new version of Windows 11 is still recent, having arrived in late 2021, its adoption has not been exactly as fast as Microsoft expected; as of December of last year, Windows 10’s market share was still more than four times that of its successor.
On the other hand, installing the current operating system is quite complex, unlike Windows 10. Also, not all computers meet the requirements to be able to use it.
Microsoft hopes that with this decision managed to reverse the trendso hopefully this push will bring more users to the latest version of its flagship operating system.
Fortunately, Windows 10 will continue to receive security and stability updates for a while.
Microsoft previously confirmed that official support for the operating system would finally end on October 14, 2025, so there’s no need to rush if you haven’t already updated to the latest version of Windows.
The end of Windows 10
Although the Redmond giant will no longer sell Windows 10 digital licenses for download through its website after January 31, it is likely that they will be sold through different channels, such as Mercado Libre or computer stores.
A similar situation is faced by its OEM partners, i.e. computer manufacturers. It is estimated that there is still a good chance that laptops and desktops will continue to have copies of Windows 10. This can range from budget models to powerful gaming notebooks.
Meanwhile, users looking for a Windows 10 Home or Pro license will have to do so directly from the official Microsoft site, obviously by the end of January. The operating system in its standard version costs $30,999, while its Home Pro variant can be purchased for 40,999 pesos.
Linda Price is a tech expert at News Rebeat. With a deep understanding of the latest developments in the world of technology and a passion for innovation, Linda provides insightful and informative coverage of the cutting-edge advancements shaping our world.