Microsoft has revealed plans to introduce an Extended Security Update (ESU) program for Windows 10 following the termination of support for the operating system in October 2025. Similar to the Windows 7 ESU initiative, this move will extend support for Windows 10 for an additional three years beyond the 2025 deadline, available for consumers willing to pay for it.
Jason Leznek, a member of Microsoft's Windows Servicing & Delivery team, highlighted in a blog post, "While we strongly recommend moving to Windows 11, we understand there are circumstances that could prevent you from replacing Windows 10 devices before the EOS (end of support) date." He further stated, "Therefore, Microsoft will offer Extended Security Updates."
The Windows 10 ESU program, according to Leznek, will exclusively provide critical and essential security updates. However, non-security related patches for minor issues, feature requests, or other alterations will not be included. Additionally, technical assistance will be limited to addressing security concerns.
In a parallel development, Microsoft has expanded access to the AI-powered Copilot feature, previously exclusive to Windows 11, to Windows 10 users. To utilize this feature, users with compatible devices will need to install a Release Preview build containing access to the AI-driven Copilot.
Participation in the Windows Insider tester program is a prerequisite for installing the preview build, thereby granting access to potentially experimenting with Copilot on Windows 10 Home or Pro versions. This expansion marks a notable shift in accessibility, enabling a wider user base to explore the capabilities of this AI-powered feature.
(With Agency Inputs)