With all the talk of Windows 11, which was announced last month, is now in preview, and will launch this fall, it has been easy to forget about Windows 10. However, Microsoft's current version of Windows won't be going away anytime soon and in October Windows 10 version 21H2 will be made available.
While Microsoft will be full steam ahead with enticing users to upgrade to Windows 11, which is free for Windows 10 users, the company knows some will remain on the older version. Especially enterprise customers who will want to wait for Windows 11 builds to stabilize before upgrading.
In other words, Microsoft is rolling out Windows 10 version 21H2 to keep those users up-to-date. It is also worth noting the company will continue to support Windows 10 into the future. According to the company, Windows 10 will continue to receive feature updates until 2025.
Of course, these upgrades will not be quite as extensive as they previously were as Microsoft shifts attention to Windows 11. After 2025, Microsoft will continue security and performance support for Windows 10, although it is unclear how long for.
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Of course, the maintenance of Windows 10 will be good news for users who cannot upgrade to Windows 11 because of compatibility issues. Considering Microsoft's awful communication on compatibility, we will wait to see how that situation plays out. As it stands, plenty of Windows 10 users will not be able to update to Windows 11 because of their hardware.
Microsoft will continue to work on Windows 10 until 2025, but the changes coming to Windows 10 with new feature updates wouldn't be as significant as before. For example, version 21H2 is expected to ship with a few new features, including new controls for Windows Hello.
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