Microsoft is about to stop selling Windows 10 licenses

After ending support for Windows 7 and 8 on January 10, Microsoft will stop selling Windows 10, launched in 2015, at the end of the month.

“After January 31, 2023, Windows 10 download will no longer be offered for sale. Windows 10 will still be supported with security updates that help protect your PC from viruses, spyware, and other threats until October 14, 2025.”specifies the editor on the pages of Windows 10 “Family” and “Professional”.

From February, Windows 11 will therefore be the only version marketed by Microsoft and it will necessarily have to go through a third-party vendor to obtain a Windows 10 license. This new step should promote the development of the latest version of the operating system, released in October 2021, which despite Microsoft’s communication boasting “twice as fast adoption as Windows 10 in its time”, seems to be taking time to settle.

According to Statcounter measurements, Windows 11 now runs on 17% of Windows PCs, compared to 68% for Windows 10 and 11% for Windows 7. A moderate adoption which can be explained by the shortage of PCs at the time of the launch of the ‘OS but also by its hardware prerequisites (notably the TPM 2.0 security module), which limit the number of machines that can run it or that can automatically migrate into corporate parks.

In a PC market that fell by 12.8% in 2022 according to IDC, the scheduled end of life of Windows 10 can at least give rise to some hope among PC suppliers. “Long-term demand will be driven by a slow economic recovery combined with enterprise hardware refresh as support for Windows 10 comes to an end”underlined the research firm at the end of 2022.

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