Microsoft wants you to pay for updates

Microsoft's recent announcement marks a significant shift in its business model for Windows 10. Starting October 14, 2025, the tech giant will discontinue free support and security updates for this operating system.
Microsoft wants you to pay for updates

Microsoft’s recent announcement marks a significant shift in its business model for Windows 10. Starting October 14, 2025, the tech giant will discontinue free support and security updates for this operating system. This change underscores the company’s strategy to encourage users to upgrade to newer versions or subscribe to a service model.

Windows 10, released in July 2015, has been a cornerstone of Microsoft’s OS offerings, receiving regular updates and support. This decision to end free updates can be seen as a move to align with the industry trend of subscription-based services, offering continuous updates and support for a recurring fee. It also aligns with Microsoft’s push towards its newer operating systems, which are designed to offer enhanced security and features.

For users, this change means evaluating the cost-benefit of continuing with Windows 10 without free updates versus upgrading to a newer version. Without updates, Windows 10 could become vulnerable to security risks over time. The decision might also influence corporate clients who typically run on longer OS lifecycles.

Overall, this strategy reflects Microsoft’s adaptation to changing market dynamics, focusing on sustained revenue through subscriptions and newer products. However, it also raises questions about the accessibility and affordability of essential software updates for a wide range of users, from individual consumers to large enterprises

2025 may seem like a way off, but it’s a good idea to start weighing up your options now. Here they are:

Option 1: Upgrade to Windows 11
Microsoft’s preferred option is for you to switch to Windows 11. It’s got some fantastic features and free updates until its end of life.

Option 2: Stick with Windows 10 and pay
You can choose to stay with Windows 10, but you’ll need to pay for security updates (no new features, though). The exact cost isn’t known yet. It’ll likely be a subscription for monthly updates.

Option 3: Stick with Windows 10 and don’t update it
Sure, you can continue using Windows 10 without paying, but this isn’t advisable. Without updates, your business’s PCs will become vulnerable to threats and security issues. And without Microsoft’s support to fix problems, even tech experts like us have nowhere to go for help. Please don’t take this option!

You’ve got until October 2025 to decide, so there’s no rush. But if you want your business to thrive this year, we’d highly recommend upgrading to Windows 11 sooner than later. You’ll immediately benefit from some features that could improve your processes and make your team’s jobs easier.

If you’re considering the move to Windows 11, or exploring other options, we’re here to help make the transition smooth and hassle-free. Get in touch.