The Last Version of Windows Gets Its Last Feature Update

Posted on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 by Ned Bellavance

Featured in this episode of Chaos Lever

It was the summer of 2015. Uptown Funk was smoother than a fresh jar of skippy. Christopher Lee shuffled off this mortal coil to join his friends in Tir Asleen, or Vallhala, or Valinor, or whatever it is in the Wheel of Time. And Windows 10 was released to wash the slate clean of Windows 8 and be the final version of Windows.

At least that was the idea. Rather than having a major version upgrade every four or five years, Windows would instead receive regular feature updates every quarter while maintain the Windows 10 moniker. If you bought Windows 10, you would never have to buy another version, right?

Well, no. Quarterly feature releases slipped several times, and soon became semi-annual releases. And then in October 2021, Windows 11 dropped, thereby becoming a new version of the last version of Windows.

What’s weird is that if your PC was running Windows 10 and met the hardware specs, the upgrade to Windows 11 was free. Which begs the question, why give it a new version number? And the answer is, of course, money and marketing.

Windows 10 is now at the end of its update road with version 22H2 being the final update, with no more feature releases to come. Security updates will keep flowing until Windows 10 hits EOSL in October 2025. But if you want new and cool features, switch to Linux? Or upgrade to Windows 11. Whatever, I’m not your dad.