Microsoft announced that it will extend the Extended Security Updates (ESU) Program to all users who want to keep Windows 10 once its support ends, an option until now only available to companies.
The life cycle of Windows 10 will end on October 14, 2025. From then on, the operating system will stop receiving both security updates and bug fixes, which means that the computer on which it is installed will be vulnerable to any attack or failure.
In order for users to maintain this version of the OS, it has announced that it will offer the Extended Security Update Program for all users who want to continue with the version of Windows 10.
This program is presented as a “last resort” option for businesses that need to run certain legacy Microsoft products beyond the end of support, which includes critical security updates within three years after the end of the product’s extended support date.
These extended security updates, which do not include new non-security features such as design changes, are paid for and available through specific volume licensing programs.
With the expansion of ESU to all users, Microsoft offers the possibility of maintaining Windows 10 not only to organizations but also to all interested individuals, as long as they pay for this service.
Although the company recommends users update their operating system to Windows 11, it acknowledges that it knows “there are circumstances” that prevent the replacement of the old version on some computers.
In that case, it offers the possibility of buying an annual subscription to keep Windows 10 up to date, a one-year commitment that can be renewed for three years and is available at no extra charge to Windows 365 and Azure Virtual Desktop customers.