Windows had two-year update warranties on every major release until roughly two years ago, when the Windows 10 lifecycle was announced to end in 2025.
I couldn’t find any indication that Microsoft itself actually planned to build on Windows 10. A loose statement that Windows 10 will be the “last version of Windows” which has become very popular, but it’s not official. Yes, you’ve had industrial versions of Windows with a lifespan of about five years, but they weren’t intended for the consumer.
We have all fallen for the Microsoft SaaS approach. Benefits of new features without the burden of long-term support. Microsoft has switched to the app approach which is very popular these days; Overhauling the design every three years, features first, then overhauling, constantly turning things upside down to teach the system new tricks. I don’t see that as long-term support.
Also, don’t forget that some devices have also been discontinued with certain versions of Windows 10 due to new CPU requirements! The Clover Trail was not allowed to receive a Creators Update, for example. Here they did exactly the same thing, but for a larger group of people.
One problem with Microsoft, but not so much competition with it, is that Microsoft doesn’t earn much per Windows license. Apple also makes the hardware and Microsoft also makes the Surface line, but most Windows-powered devices are from a third party. Free upgrades from 7 to 8 but from 8.1 to 10 to 11 mean much more support costs in the long run than those offered by these devices, so at some point a new push moment has to come. In this case, they do this mainly by bundling the purchase of new hardware for the new operating system.
Somehow it makes sense that Microsoft wants to get rid of old hardware. You don’t have to worry about the hammer anymore with DDR4+ which of course makes their life easier. Assuming that some SPECTER mitigation is present in the chipset, it prevents the performance impact of many kernel security features. In addition, there are a lot of devices that have gone from 7 to 10 that use Vista-era drivers even on the 7; This legacy must also be settled at some point, as it does not benefit stability. I think they went too far on this (I was going to put the line around 4th and 6th generation) but in terms of running a business I get that. Having to support legacy is just annoying.
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