"When this 10-year period ends, Microsoft will discontinue Windows 7 support so that we can focus our investment on supporting newer technologies and great new experiences". You can prefer to stay on an existing version and still get monthly security updates, or you can grab the latest feature update.
You can find more details about the new Windows 10 update features here, though we've listed below the key features.
So say you purchase a laptop well that laptop's OEM has to vett/certify the laptops Software/Drivers for the current iteration of the Windows 10 OS only. Microsoft will be hoping to avoid a repeat of the multiple issues that plagued its Windows 10 October 2018 Update. After being thoroughly tested, the update will start to publicly roll out to compatible devices in May.
Microsoft will also enable users to pause all updates for up to 35 days (a week at a time, up to five times). The first to be notified of the Windows updates will be those for whom Windows data suggests there will be a highest likelihood of an issue-free update.
For bigger updates - such as the one heading to our PCs this May - there will also be an option to download and install the update immediately.More news: Smollett refuses to reimburse Chicago for investigation, city set to sue
Microsoft today announced that Windows Insiders on the Fast ring will soon join their Skip Ahead counterparts in testing the Windows 10 20H1 update. Many people listen to music while they play games-which explains why so many of our teammates in Overwatch can't hear call-outs-but that can sometimes require a bunch of Alt-Tabbing between windows. Accessing it is as easy as launching the Xbox Insider Hub downloaded from the Microsoft Store, hitting Insider Content, picking Windows Gaming and making sure you're enrolled in the beta's flight. To further enhance active hours, users will now have the option to let Windows Update intelligently adjust active hours based on their device-specific usage patterns.
That said, while tech enthusiasts might be aware of the big updates, for most people, these look the same as the small ones.
While I would like to have seen a reduction to one feature update per year instead of two, the changes are a step in the right direction. The update, previously codenamed 19H1, is a lightweight update in terms of forward-facing features that consumers will notice.