We know that Microsoft has been working on a lighter version of Windows 10, which they’ve since left to focus on something else. And while we don’t know exactly what that something else is, the rumor mill is still circulating, claiming it’s Windows 11 (or whatever Microsoft likes to call it), which could launch at a special Microsoft event next week. Microsoft has said it will focus on the “next generation” of the Windows operating system.
Now to add even more evidence that we can expect a new version of Windows is a new change Microsoft has made to its support lifecycle page, which talks about the end of support for Windows 10 on October 14, 2025. And there’s no reason Microsoft would look to end support for its existing operating system if it didn’t plan to launch a new version soon.
However, you might look to that date and feel that if they plan to release a new version of Windows soon, 2025 is still too early to end support for what is Microsoft’s most widely used version of Windows ever. However, it’s likely that that date refers to some earlier version of Windows 10, rather than the updated version they drop every quarter. While Windows 10 far exceeds initial expectations as Microsoft has always released new operating systems every three or four years and surpasses the first 10 years of support for the operating system scheduled for October 13, 2020, you have to recognize that Microsoft has done a good job. by keeping Windows 10 as long as possible.
And what can we expect from Windows 11, a new leak has come online (as revealed by The Verge’s Tom Warren) which can give us an idea of what to expect, with a Home button moved to the center — similar to Apple’s macOS and changes to the way Windows expands, with options to put apps in split screen instead. And Skype is finally no longer included – because no one was using it anyway. Other than that, it appears to be only minor cosmetic changes, although this is a leak – there are probably a lot of big changes coming to Windows that haven’t been realized here. Or Microsoft is reserving its biggest changes for under the hood rather than making dramatic UI changes to what is already a fairly intuitive operating system.
Perhaps worth noting, Microsoft also has a reputation for following up on great operating systems with turds. As was the case for Windows ME, Vista and 8 after the excellent Windows 98, XPs and 7 respectively. So if Microsoft continues that trend, you may want to avoid rushing to update and see how it plays out and watch whether Microsoft has finally broken that curve and produced two great operating systems in a row. Either way, with Microsoft eager to end support for Windows 10, we may be forced to take a leap no matter how the next version of Windows turns out.
Last updated: June 17, 2021