Microsoft has already revealed that the successor of Windows 10 will be unveiled on June 24th. However, the support page for Windows 10 was also recently updated to reflect some of the upcoming changes, including the date when Microsoft will officially end support for Windows 10 Home and Pro versions.
Spotted by Thurrot, the company has announced the news in a support page update. The page displays all of the version numbers and the releases, as well as the support date. In this case, Windows 10 Home and Pro versions will be updated until October 24th, 2025.
There’s also an important note displayed at the top of the page:
“Microsoft will continue to support at least one Windows 10 Semi-Annual Channel until October 14, 2025.”
This isn’t necessarily bad news, we were expecting some big changes, including some form of a redesign, although it will be significantly smaller then what we’ve seen back in the day with Windows 7 and 8. Windows 11 – it may be called something else – will likely feature rounded corners, a more refined user interface and hopefully some meaningful changes to the search and other core parts of the OS, as well as it will likely get rid of the legacy UI, pop-ups that were still present in Windows 10.
The new version of Windows will be revealed next week on June 24th.
Based on feedback, the Feedback Hub Team has made a change so that Insiders can now both upvote and add similar feedback for all feedback types in the Feedback Hub. Insiders will now see the upvote and “Add similar feedback” options available side by side for both Problems and Suggestions. You can help our engineering teams investigate your problem reports better by also clicking to add similar feedback when upvoting on a problem if you have additional details to provide. This will enable you to write a description of exactly what happened when you experienced it and add your screenshots or diagnostic logs if you can reproduce it. This change is available in app version 1.2009.10413.0 and higher, which is currently rolling out to Insiders in the Dev Channel via a Microsoft Store update.
Changes and Improvements
The 3D Objects folder will no longer be shown as a special folder in File Explorer after updating to this build. If you need to access this folder, you can do so via typing %userprofile% in File Explorer or through the navigation pane option “Show all folders”.
[News and interests] We removed the “Reduce taskbar updates” option from the context menu. We expect it to return in a future update.
We have temporarily removed the touch keyboard refinements noted in Build 21301 to fix some issues. However, the updates to the default keyboard layout on 12” or larger screens and the candidate bar remain available to everyone in Dev Channel as noted last week with Build 21318.
We fixed an issue where if you tried to access an Azure Active Directory (AAD) joined device via Remote Desktop (RDP), it would fail after updating to recent Dev Channel builds.
We fixed an issue that could result in your PC bug checking when switching between users.
We fixed an issue that could result in deleted files unexpectedly remaining visible on the desktop until the desktop was refreshed.
[News and interests] We fixed an issue where the taskbar button might show no content after the primary monitor was changed.
[News and interests] We fixed an issue where news and interests would continue to refresh content in the background even when the screen was turned off, consuming resources.
[News and interests] We fixed multiple issues impacting performance and reliability.
We fixed an issue with the new “Paste as plain text” option in clipboard history where clipboard history didn’t close after it was used, inconsistent with the normal paste behavior.
We fixed an issue that could result in erroneous torn write errors being logged.
We fixed an issue that could result in delayed audio playback on certain devices in the last few builds.
We fixed an issue where if you changed the calendar format multiple times under Settings > Date & Time > Region, the enumerated values of the other data formats may not be correct.
There is an issue in Build 21318 where the Windows Update page in Settings unexpectedly will display offered OS updates as both optional and required. This issue is fixed as of Build 21322; however, you will see it when upgrading from Build 21318.
We’re looking into reports of the update process hanging for extended periods of time when attempting to install a new build.
We’re investigating an issue impacting the reliability of Start and other modern apps, which started in recent Dev Channel flights. If you are impacted, you may experience the Start menu layout resetting.
Live previews for pinned sites aren’t enabled for all Insiders yet, so you may see a grey window when hovering over the thumbnail in the taskbar. We’re continuing to work on polishing this experience.
We’re working on enabling the new taskbar experience for existing pinned sites. In the meantime, you can unpin the site from the taskbar, remove it from the edge://apps page, and then re-pin the site.
[News and interests] We’re addressing an issue where news and interests may not be available when signing into Windows without internet access but returns when online.
[News and interests] Sometimes the news and interests flyout cannot be dismissed with pen.
[ARM64] Insiders who installed the preview version of the Qualcomm Adreno graphics driver on the Surface Pro X may experience reduced brightness of the display. This will be addressed in a future update. If you are experiencing this issue, please see the feedback collection for more information.
We’re working on a fix to address reports from Insiders that the Chinese text for the lunar calendar in the clock and calendar flyout is no longer displaying properly as of the previous flight.
We’re investigating reports that Insider devices are experiencing hangs when an Xbox controller is connected while shutting down, restarting, or entering sleep in recent Dev Channel builds.
If you want a complete look at what build is in which Insider channel, head over to Flight Hub. Please note, there will be a slight delay between when a build is flighted and when Flight Hub is updated.
Ask Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile fans about their favorite interface features and they may point to the Word Flow keyboard — that combination of swiping, word correction and overall feel is hard to replicate. Well, you might not have to pick up a Lumia to get those elusive qualities in the near future. Microsoft is now planning to bring Word Flow to “other platforms,” beginning with iOS. Yes, you won’t have to ditch that familiar typing experience just because you switched to (or need to use) an iPhone. It’s not clear what if anything will change in the conversion, though we’d expect the keyboard to largely remain intact.
Microsoft is only inviting Windows Insiders to a preview program at the moment, but it’s promising an App Store release. We wouldn’t be surprised if there’s an Android version soon after, for that matter. Between this, the Cortana release and existing cross-platform Microsoft apps, you won’t have to suffer many Windows withdrawal symptoms at all in the future — the biggest absence may simply be that tiled home screen.
On the heels of Monday’s announcement, where I shared there are more than 200 million monthly active devices around the world running Windows 10, it’s exciting to see the new devices at CES that are now launching or coming soon. In addition to the fantastic devices, including PCs, 2-in-1s, and mobile phones from our partners Samsung, HP, Lenovo, and Acer, there are a variety of devices building on Windows 10.
A couple of devices unveiled today by ALCATEL ONETOUCH respond directly to the feedback we have received to expand carrier availability of Windows 10 to more phones and tablets.
Earlier this week, ALCATEL ONETOUCH announced their first tablet running Windows 10, the PIXI 3, an 8-inch tablet that features 4G LTE connectivity, enabling full telephony and GPS support. The PIXI 3 will be available in three colors: white, gold and volcano black. It will first be available in Europe and Latin America in April 2016.
In addition, we’re very excited about ALCATEL ONETOUCH’s first Windows 10 phone, the ALCATEL ONETOUCH Fierce XL.
This new device offers great Windows 10 features like Cortana, Microsoft Edge, and Microsoft Office Mobile productivity applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and OneDrive. We’re excited about this device because it enables us to offer Windows 10 on a new mobile phone to T-Mobile customers at an affordable price point of $139.99 and through T-Mobile’s phone financing program it’s $0 down ($5.84 for 23 months, $5.67 for 24th month). It will be available exclusively at participating T-Mobile stores nationwide in the coming weeks.
Here are just a few of the great Windows 10 features on the ALCATEL ONETOUCH Fierce XL:
Cortana on the Fierce XL: Cortana comes pre-installed on the Fierce XL, providing a personal digital assistant to keep you up-to-date on your schedule, provide driving directions and appointment reminders, help you check the latest weather reports and more.
On the go Office: Featuring the latest versions of Office Mobile applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, staying productive while being on the go is easy with the Fierce XL. And Windows 10 Mobile, combined with quad-core processing and a powerful 2500mAh battery, you can be productive out of the office all day.
Microsoft Edge: Browsing the web is easy with Microsoft Edge on the Fierce XL. You can find content faster with the Microsoft Edge address bar, which includes personalized recommendations to get you to the content you seek.
Browsing the web is easy with Microsoft Edge on the Fierce XL
It all begins with Start: With the Fierce XL, you can enjoy easy to use one-touch personalized access to all the things you care about, like news, weather, social apps like Twitter and Facebook and more. Live Tiles help you stay current at a glance with important information from the people that matter most, their photos, even calendar notifications.
Windows 10 Mobile
5-inch HD Display (1280×720 pixels)
1GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Quad-Core Processor
4G LTE Cat 4 (B2/4/12)
8MP AF Main Camera with x2 Digital Zoom + 2MP Front-Facing Camera
2GB of RAM + 16GB of storage (expandable up to 32GB with MicroSD)
2500mAH battery for up to 14 hours of talk time and 820 hours of standby time
If you’ve been itching to try Windows 10 Mobile on your Windows Phone 8.1 device, we’ve got some bad news. Microsoft says older Lumias won’t be upgraded until “early 2016,” which is a slight delay from the “December” timeline it had offered before. For the time being, that means the only way to try the new OS is to buy the Lumia 950 or the 950 XL, the former of which received a lukewarm review from our own Chris Velazco. (Well, unless you want to dive in with theInsider Preview, that is.)
Microsoft hasn’t explained the reasons behind the postponement, although we suspect it’s to give its new software some much-needed polish. While testing the Lumia 950, we noticed a number of bugs and performance hiccups that could and should be ironed out. Windows 10 is an important play for Microsoft — it’s now or never if the company wants to gain some mobile market share — and the first step is to get longtime Windows Phone users on side. That first impression is going to count.
In a statement to ZDNet, a Microsoft spokesperson said:
“This November we introduced Windows 10 to phones including brand new features such as Continuum and Universal Windows Apps with the introduction of the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. The Windows 10 Mobile upgrade will begin rolling out early next year to select existing Windows 8 and 8.1 phones.”
It’s also unclear exactly which devices will be eligible for the upgrade next year. Microsoft has confirmed that handsets will need at least 8GB of internal storage, but that’s about it. The launch and support for older hardware has been a far cry from the desktop version of Windows 10, which is an indication perhaps of where Microsoft’s priorities lie.