As the end-of-life date for Windows 10 nears, Microsoft will implement an Extended Security Updates program similar to the one provided for Windows 7. This program will allow users, both individuals and organizations, to receive critical security patches for up to three years beyond the official end of support, for a fee. The ESU program, detailed on Microsoft's website, emphasizes that it will only include critical security updates without adding new features, adjustments, or extended technical support.
The announcement comes as a notable development, considering the widespread use of Windows 10 and the nearly six-year interval between the releases of Windows 10 and Windows 11. Many anticipated an extension of support for Windows 10, given its launch over a decade ago and its continued popularity. However, Microsoft has instead opted to provide the same ESU program available to businesses to regular users, offering three additional years of security patches.
Microsoft's FAQ page outlines the option for individual consumers and organizations to enroll their PCs in the paid ESU program after the support for Windows 10 ends on October 14, 2025. While specific pricing details for the extended Windows 10 security patches have not been disclosed, the company plans to provide more information at a later date. For reference, the ESU program for Windows 7 was priced at approximately $350 per device for the entire three-year period.