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Microsoft lays out plans, pricing for Windows 10 life support


Microsoft has laid out the ground rules for getting Windows 10 Extended Security Updates (ESU) as market share figures indicate users are still giving Windows 11 a wide berth.

In a post published yesterday, Microsoft detailed the ways and costs of keeping Windows 10 security updates flowing past the October 14, 2025, cut-off date. The prices will be steep for most users unless you're just using your Windows 10 device to access a Windows 11 Cloud PC through Windows 365.

If you want an activation key to apply to a Windows 10 device, you'll pay $61 per device for Year 1. However, if you're using a Microsoft cloud-based update management tool like Intune, the price is discounted to $45.

And that Year 1 is significant. Microsoft noted: "The price will double every consecutive year for a maximum of three years. If you decide to jump into the ...


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