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Microsoft will shut down support for Windows 10 in just over four years, in October 2025.

The notice, found in a support document that outlined Windows 10’s support lifecycle, raised a minor ruckus starting Sunday, when reported on the end of support, claiming, “This is the first time Microsoft has ever described the end of support for Windows 10.” Other tech outlets followed suit on Monday, June 14, with similar stories.

What’s the deal? Why would Microsoft make a potentially upending announcement on a site that, while important, is at best obscure to most users? Or was it all just a misunderstanding?

Microsoft alone knows definitive answers to those questions, and others regarding support — the part of Windows that’s absolutely critical for enterprise and IT planning. But we can suss out some bits of information from all this as we — for the umpteenth time — toss metaphorical yarrow stalks in an effort to divine Windows’ I Ching, the Support Lifecycle.

It’s always been October 2025

In black and white, Microsoft states that Windows 10 — Home, Pro, Enterprise and Education — will be retied Oct. 14, 2025, or four years and four months from now.

A blue-boxed note adds to the “it’s ending “message, reminding customers that, “Microsoft will continue to support at least one Windows 10 Semi-Annual Channel until October 14, 2025 (emphasis added).”

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