Microsoft has revealed the life cycle for its upcoming Windows 10 operating system and its other existing operating systems, hoping to clear up some confusion regarding support and updates.
Windows lifecycle fact sheet
Every Windows product has a lifecycle. The lifecycle begins when a product is released and ends when it’s no longer supported. Knowing key dates in this lifecycle helps you make informed decisions about when to upgrade or make other changes to your software.
End of support
End of support refers to the date when Microsoft no longer provides automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance. This is the time to make sure you have the latest available update or service pack installed. Without Microsoft support, you will no longer receive security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software that can steal your personal information. For more information go to Microsoft Support Lifecycle.
|Client operating systems||Latest update or service pack||End of mainstream support||End of extended support|
April 14, 2009
April 10, 2012
April 11, 2017
Windows 7 *
January 13, 2015
January 14, 2020
January 9, 2018
January 10, 2023
Windows 10, released in July 2015 **
October 13, 2020
October 14, 2025
* Support for Windows 7 RTM without service packs ended on April 9, 2013. Be sure to install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 today to continue to receive support and updates.
** Windows 10 is not released yet. and will be released on 29th July.