Q. I don’t see a good reason to upgrade my machine or deal with the constant updates. Why should I upgrade to a new version of Windows 10?
A. I think to answer this question, we have to look at Microsoft’s support plan for Windows 10 and how that affects you as an end user. But the TL;DR is this “Stay upgraded so you have full Microsoft support.”
Back in 2015, shortly before the first version of Windows 10 was released in July 2015, Microsoft laid out the specifics about the lifecycle of Windows 10. The company’s new approach was tied directly to the entire Windows as a Service (WaaS) process. It’s called the Modern Lifecycle Policy.
This Modern Lifecycle Policy requires that Windows 10 users remain current, i.e. synched to the latest version of Windows 10, and accept the continuous servicing updates for the Windows 10 operating system (i.e. the updates that get pushed out monthly, or in response to known security or third-party issues) as well as the bigger feature updates.
We begin with Windows 10 at is initial release back on July 29, 2015. At that time, a 10-year support lifecycle was established, and it is set to expire on October 14, 2025. That is called the Extended Support End Date.