There is a growing demand for Microsoft to extend support for Windows 10, largely initiated by the Public Interest Research Group (PIRG).
Support for Windows 10 is currently set to expire in October 2025, meaning that the operating system will not receive any security updates after that date. However, the PIRG is calling for Microsoft to extend its support for Windows 10 and has submitted a petition to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella detailing its concerns.
The primary and obvious concern is that, because of Windows 11’s stringent requirements, many perfectly capable machines cannot be upgraded to Windows 11 thereby leaving millions of Windows 10 users in limbo. However, the PIRG also points to statistics suggesting that a large proportion of these unsupported Windows 10 computers will end up in landfills, thereby creating an environmental issue.
Microsoft abandoning Windows 10 could cause the obsolescence of more computers than any single action ever. Microsoft needs to rethink this decision and continue providing security updates for the millions of people who can’t upgrade their computers, for the sake of both their finances and the environment.
The following is an extract from the PIRG’s petition:
Don’t junk millions of computers. Microsoft’s decision to end support for Windows 10 could cause the single biggest jump in junked computers ever. The new version of their operating system’s stringent hardware requirements could result in 40% of PCs in use being left behind.
Microsoft’s decision to stop supporting millions of functional computers in our hospitals, businesses, and homes is a raw deal for customers who expect their expensive devices to last.
- To view and add your name to the petition visit: Tell Microsoft: Don’t Leave Millions of Computers Behind
Extending Windows 10’s end-of-support date would not only be the responsible thing to do, but it would also be the decent thing to do for those millions of users who are unable to upgrade their perfectly capable machines to Windows 11. That said, considering Microsoft has been heavily promoting Windows 11 and obviously wants as many users as possible running its latest operating system, I have doubts about the success of the PIRG’s campaign.
If there is one aspect that might sway Microsoft, it is the environmental issue. With these no longer supported machines potentially adding to the growing piles of toxic e-waste, I suspect environmental organizations may well jump on the bandwagon.
Will Microsoft extend support for Windows 10? What do you think? Let us know in the comments.