Microsoft will stop selling Windows 10 licenses to consumers this month

Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system has been available in the retail market for over seven years and was superseded by Windows 11 in October 2021. However, despite its age, Windows 10 remains the most popular version of Windows with a global market share of 67.95%. in December 2022 compared to 16.97% for Windows 11, according to StatCounter.

But it now looks like Microsoft is poised to put the brakes on issuing new Windows 10 licenses to regular consumers. Microsoft’s official product pages for Windows 10 Home (opens in new tab) and Windows 10 Pro (opens in new tab) now add the following disclaimer:

January 31, 2023 will be the last day this Windows 10 download will be available for sale. Windows 10 will continue to be supported through October 14, 2025 with security updates to help protect your PC from viruses, spyware, and other malware.

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So if you want to download the software directly from Microsoft, you only have a few weeks until the company pulls the plug. Microsoft currently offers Windows 10 Home as a direct download for $139, while Windows 10 Pro costs $199.

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