Windows 10 is still being used on many more devices than Windows 11 despite Microsoft’s efforts to get people on board with the newer operating system. But this situation may start to change: at the end of January, the company will stop issuing Windows 10 licenses through its website.
On the official pages of the various versions of Windows 10, Microsoft has announced that it will stop issuing direct licenses for Windows 10 Home, Pro, and Workstation. The disclaimer states that January 31, 2023 is the last day consumers will be able to download these operating systems from the Microsoft website. The notice emphasizes that despite downloads being stopped, Windows 10 will continue to receive security updates to protect PCs from viruses, spyware and other malware until October 14, 2025.
This only applies to Windows 10 digital downloads purchased by consumers directly from the Microsoft site. OEMs will likely still be able to buy licenses. There are also many third-party retailers selling downloads and physical copies, including Home and Pro OEM copies available on Amazon, and many sites selling product keys at low prices. The Microsoft Media Creation Tool for Windows 10 is also still available.
Windows 11 is currently installed on almost 3 out of 10 computers – the OS is slowly finding its way among gamers, despite recent problems with gaming performance. Also, many corporations are preparing to move to Windows 11. This is good news for Microsoft, since the corporate segment is traditionally the slowest to update Windows. Nevertheless, the core of Windows 10 fans is large enough and you should not expect a mass migration from it in the near future.
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Windows 11 took only 15% of the desktop PC market in a year – Windows 10 remains the leader with a share of 71.29%
Source: tech spot