Windows 10, Microsoft removes optional non-security updates

We know that Windows 11 is now Microsoft’s priority. Windows 10 is not abandoned but its development is slowing down. After the announcement of the end of its marketing on the Microsoft Store, the giant is significantly changing its maintenance policy.

The goal is to refocus resources on Windows 11 and its future. The company is rolling out changes that allow its development teams to be more engaged with Windows 11. One of them has appeared on the “Windows Health” dashboard.

Microsoft will no longer release non-security “Preview” updates for certain versions of Windows 10. This treatment is now only for Windows 10 22H2. This is the most advanced version of the operating system. The firm explains

After March 2023, there will be no more optional, non-security preview releases for supported 20H2 and 21H2 editions of Windows 10. Only Monthly Cumulative Security Updates (known as version name “B” or Update Tuesday) will be retained for these versions. Windows 10 22H2 will continue to receive security-related updates and optional builds.

Windows 10, maintenance guaranteed until October 2025

If your PC is not eligible for Windows 11, Windows 10 is the only solution at this time. This environment will remain supported by Microsoft for a few more years. Its official maintenance will end during the month of October 2025.

In 2021 when announcing Windows 11, Redmond said

For customers who are using a non-upgradable PC and not ready to upgrade to a new device, Windows 10 is the right choice. We will support Windows 10 until October 14, 2025 and recently announced that the next Windows 10 feature update will arrive later this year. Whatever you decide, we’re committed to supporting you and giving you choice in your IT journey.

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