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UPDATED: IT heads roll eyes as Microsoft indicates Windows 10 to be retired

IT heads across the legal sector have been rolling their eyes (at the very least) after it emerged that the ‘last ever’ version of Windows looks set to be retired in 2025.

The revelation first came in a new support document that shows Windows 10 Home and Pro will be supported until October 14 2025.

When Windows 10 was launched in July 2015, Microsoft said there would be no new updates for either Home or Pro versions.

Commenting on the news on LinkedIn, Jason Plant, who is lead enterprise architect at DLA Piper, said: “Oh well done Microsoft, just a business gets in to a cadence of evergreening and managing their desktops on the last ever version of Windows..Windows 10 to be retired in 2025, as new OS unveils.” And of course, he adds a rolling eye emoji. Don’t say we didn’t tell you.

However, commenting on LinkedIn, Nick Watson, founder of Ruby Datum, said: “I’m all for this. It’s time for firms to streamline their roll-out strategies and stop strangling themselves in red tape. I get the importance and realise it has to be done, but the glacial speed this happens is as much of a problem for security/adoption as it is a solution.

“Most software is moving to SaaS/cloud now anyway and by 2025 this will almost certainly be the norm, even in law.”

Caroline.hill@legalitlexicon.com