You might have to pay Microsoft for updates

Microsoft has announced that as of October 14, 2025, they will cease offering complimentary support and security updates for Windows 10.

While the notion of paying for updates may provoke some curiosity, let’s contextualize this. By 2025, Windows 10 will have been around for a decade, and Microsoft is likely to have launched Windows 12 by then. Additionally, Windows 11 is already available.

Managing multiple outdated operating systems can be burdensome, even for a tech titan like Microsoft.

Although 2025 may seem distant, it’s prudent to start evaluating your options now. Here they are:

Option 1: Upgrade to Windows 11
Microsoft’s recommended course of action is transitioning to Windows 11, which offers impressive features and free updates until its end of life.

Option 2: Remain with Windows 10 and pay
You can opt to stick with Windows 10 but will need to pay for security updates (new features won’t be included). The precise cost remains uncertain, likely entailing a subscription for monthly updates.

Option 3: Stick with Windows 10 and refrain from updating
While it’s possible to continue using Windows 10 without payment, this isn’t advisable. Operating without updates exposes your business’s PCs to vulnerabilities and security risks. Moreover, lacking Microsoft’s support to address issues leaves even proficient tech users with no recourse for assistance. This option is strongly discouraged!

You have until October 2025 to decide, so there’s no need to rush. However, for your business’s prosperity this year, we highly recommend transitioning to Windows 11 sooner rather than later. Doing so will immediately grant you access to features that could enhance your workflows and streamline your team’s tasks.

If you’re contemplating the shift to Windows 11 or exploring alternative avenues, we’re here to facilitate a smooth and hassle-free transition. Feel free to reach out.