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How does Windows 10 end up a lot like Windows 7

Windows 10, originally billed as a revolutionary break with Windows’ past in how it has been served, may end its career in the next few years as both an edition of Windows 7.

Yes, Windows 7 – the spitting image of “tradition” in the history of operating systems in Redmond.

Enter Windows 11

The catalyst for the change to Windows 10 is its successor, Windows 11, slated for its first launch on October 5. SKUs – Will replace older Windows 10 as a file repository.

When Microsoft introduced Windows 11 in June, it made a point of telling customers that it would continue to release a feature upgrade for Windows 10 — named 21H2 – This fall. “We will continue to support you as you use Windows 10,” Wangui McKelvey, general manager of Microsoft 365, wrote in a June 24 post on the company’s blog. The company also told customers that Windows 10 will continue to receive support until October 2025.

Windows 10 21H2 will share the traits of the last two updates for the second half of the year released by Microsoft, and will include few new features or functionality, so that they are not serviced using monthly update mechanisms rather than requested. A complete replacement for the operating system.

Alongside these indicators of continuity, Microsoft has been talking closely about how Windows 10 will serve over the next four years. Will updates be limited to monthly security fixes? Will any new features appear in future updates after 21H2? we do not know.

She must do Something Because the remaining support owed to customers extends beyond the support provided through any upgrades released or announced. Windows 10 21H2 Enterprise, excluding any changes to 10 support policies, will be shut down sometime in May 2024. Windows 10 21H2 Home and 21H2 Pro will be running through their support by May 2023. 18 months (Enterprise) or 30 months (Home & Pro) the deficiency has to be compensated in some way.

Of course, Microsoft can do this with a few keystrokes. If you don’t want to release feature updates after this year’s 21H2, all it has to do is move the support deadlines for various SKUs to October 2025. Boom. Finished.

And there’s nothing stopping Microsoft from continuing to release upgrades, even if those upgrades introduce a few (or fewer) new functions or features, to bridge that support gap. If you do, your final Enterprise/Education upgrade will be 23H1, and the latest Home/Pro upgrade is 24H1, both of which will end support in the fall of 2025.

Hello, Windows 7!

But this is not what computer world Microsoft expects to do. Frankly, this would go against the direction of the company.

When a product is deprecated, Microsoft typically terminates development on that product. (Operating systems give bad examples here until Windows 10, Microsoft once developed and released, and rarely bothered to develop anew.) When Microsoft released a new Internet Explorer (IE), for example, it would continue to patch the previous version(s), but it It won’t keep adding features to the old version which is now sad. Customers were expected to upgrade to the latest version.

This is what will definitely happen to Windows 10. Why does Microsoft do it differently? As of the summer reveal of Windows 11, Windows 10 was dead, or at least a dead end. It was as rich in features as it would ever have. Any development effort will be poured into 11, not 10 (although 11, in the absence of new hardware requirements, is mislabeled and should only be 10+ if not 10 21H2).

For the next four years, Windows 10 will be provided with security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. But features or added functionality? Not very similar. This is exactly the model that Windows 7 used during late 2009 to early 2020, and this is the historical operating system service model that Microsoft implemented until the advent of Windows 10 in mid-2015.

Ironically, it will be these coming years when Windows 10 service behavior becomes what some commercial users demanded even before the operating system was launched six years ago. Microsoft gave them what they wanted in the form of an LTSB (Long Term Service Branch) release, which was later changed to LTSC, with Channel replacing branch. A few years later, Microsoft snatched LSTB/LTSC away from customers, mostly.

With the launch of Windows 11, Microsoft resolved as much as possible on commercial pressures, by reducing feature upgrade releases to one per year and expanding Enterprise/Education support to 36 months so that IT administrators could roll back to the once-every two-year upgrade cadence.

For those still unhappy with how Windows is properly serviced, a simple solution would be to stick with Windows 10 and maintain its new Windows 7-esque until fall 2025, and if Microsoft offers extended support, such as computer world You expect it, until 2028.

There is no one to say how Windows 12 It will be maintained when it rolls over.

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