Microsoft to discontinue another version of Windows 10
Microsoft is starting to notify Windows 10 21H1 users that the operating system they use will be discontinued very soon. The company will no longer support this version of its operating system as of December 13, 2022.
After that date, the operating system will simply stop receiving updates, or security patches, forcing customers to opt for a newer version, such as 21H2 or even Windows 11, if their device is compatible.
Aside from the mere fact that Windows 10 21H1 will soon reach end of life, the notification means that Microsoft will likely start forcing customers to upgrade to a newer version. The company allows Windows users to stay on a preferred version as long as it is supported, but the inevitable migration process automatically starts a few months before its end of life.
According to AdDuplex’s June 2022 information, Windows 10 21H1 has around 21% market share, so a large portion of Windows users will soon have to update their operating system or see Microsoft do it themselves.
Windows 10 21H1 will be discontinued on December 13, 2022
Customers should not be afraid of the next upgrade to a newer version. Release 21H2 contains no significant changes, and the migration process will be no different than a standard monthly cumulative update. Hardware requirements also remain unchanged, so applications and devices should continue to function without any issues.
Microsoft has promised to continue updating Windows 10 until October 14, 2025. In fact, Microsoft is currently preparing version 22H2 and can update it now if you wish. Unfortunately, all of the new software features are now exclusive to Windows 11, leaving its predecessor in a general state of maintenance.