Windows 10

A few years back, when Microsoft released Windows 10 it was said it would be their last version of Windows, ever. So far, it is … well, not really and as of June 2021, not at all?

Rumor’s abound that Windows 11 is about to be released, with Microsoft updating the product support page to indicate support for Windows 10 home and professional will end in 2025.

Every so often, you’ll receive a big Windows update known as a ‘Feature Update,’ and they come twice a year. Typically one in the fall and again in the spring.

These feature upgrades change the operating system’s key functions; the version of Windows 10 you experience today is very different from the first version from over 2015. 

In the past, Microsoft had you buy a version of Windows, and every few years came out with a new version; this created support challenges and fragmentation within the industry. 

Windows 10 is part of the Modern Lifecycle Policy, wherein it will be fully supported forever, provided you keep doing regular updates. 

The last feature upgrade was in May of 2021, also known as Windows 10, version 21H1. This is the most current version of Windows, and you should have the installed or Version 20H2. If you have a older version, you are or will soon be missing critical updates that keep your system secure.

To know your Windows version, right-click on your start button and select ‘system’ this should pop up a new window, and if you scroll down you should see something similar to this:

Windows 10 Version

In this image you can see was using Windows 10 Pro version 2004 that will be no-longer be supported as of December 2021.

If you are using Windows 10 Professional or Home version 2004, you must know as of December 14, 2021 you will need to upgrade. After these dates, they will no longer be supported by Microsoft or receive security updates.

If you have an older version than that, it’s been unsupported for over a year! Reach out to your IT partner on this subject; let’s keep our systems up to date. 

This is the current Windows 10 Lifecycle for various versions

Windows 10 Version HistoryDate of AvailabilityEnd of Service for Home, Pro
Windows 10, version 21H1May 18, 2021Dec 13, 2022
Windows 10, version 20H2October 20, 2020May 10, 2022
Windows 10, version 2004May 27, 2020December 14, 2021
Windows 10, version 1909November 12, 2019May 20, 2021
Windows 10, version 1903May 21, 2019December 8, 2020
Windows 10, version 1809November 13, 2018November 10, 2020
Windows 10, version 1803April 30, 2018November 12, 2019
Windows 10, version 1709October 17, 2017April 9, 2019
Windows 10, version 1703April 5, 2017October 9, 2018
Windows 10, version 1607August 2, 2016April 10, 2018
Windows 10, version 1511November 10, 2015October 10, 2017
Windows 10, 1507July 29, 2015May 9 2017
Windows 10 version, availability and end of service dates segmented by edition.

Updated 05-27-21 to reflect new windows editions