This is how Microsoft has decided

This week Microsoft has stopped supporting two of its operating systems. Specifically, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 have stopped receiving security updates, so any new vulnerability will not be corrected. Now we know that Microsoft will stop updating Windows 10 in October 2025all to favor its latest operating system.

When Microsoft announced the Windows 11 operating system, it sparked a major debate. Theoretically, the company’s last operating system was Windows 10, hence this new version was not understood. The reasons, well, the main reason for this new software is none other than Intel’s new processor architecture.

Always dancing to the rhythm that Microsoft wants

The reception of Windows 11 has been poor, with the worst adoption rate of any distribution of Microsoft’s operating system. They don’t like it, it’s a reality, but the company doesn’t care about our opinion. You must move to this more “modern” version of their operating system, by hook or by crook.

Microsoft has established that the October 14, 2025it will be when Windows 10 will stop receiving updates. Enterprise, Education, Home, Pro, and IoT Enterprise versions will be affected. All these will stop receiving performance improvements and functions to only receive security improvements.

According to StatCounter, in December 2022only the 17% of userss make use of the operating system Windows 11. In February 2022, the share was almost 8%, so in almost a year the share has grown by 9%. Meanwhile, Windows 10 has a 67.5% share.

Let’s assume that Windows 11 continues to progress, even improves in adoption. More or less by the end of 2025 it could have an adoption close to 40-45%, while Windows 10 could be in the same figures.

But no matter the data, the windows 11 problem are the hardware restrictions. The list of supported processors is quite low, you need a fairly modern processor. Also, you need to have the TPM 2.0 module. So many can find themselves in 2025 with a 100% functional computer with good performance and without being able to jump to Windows 11.

The decision seems a bit mafioso and manipulative. The problem is not moving to Windows 11, which if you have a Windows 10 license is free. You can even install the operating system at no cost, simply showing a watermark and limiting some features. The real problem many will have is that they don’t meet Microsoft’s absurd requirements. They may make the jump to Windows 11, but they may find that the performance is worse than in the previous version of Microsoft’s operating system.

A great opportunity for Linux distributions

The one who benefits from this plan or strategy (not to use harsher terms) is Linux. Microsoft’s decision seems aimed at favoring free operating systems. It is true that Ubuntu, Debian and other distributions are not for all types of users, but more than one can decide to take the leap.

The truth is that there are many functional versions of Linux that offer excellent performance. What’s more, for daily tasks such as working, studying or multimedia, they are more than enough. Where Linux distributions limp the most is in gaming, but in recent years much has been improved in this field.

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