The Takeaway: Windows 10’s big change — 10 years of support from day 1

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Windows 10 users will get new features and functions for a full 10 years from the time the OS is purchased, a major shift in how Microsoft offers OS support.

"Microsoft's intention is that you will get 10 years minimum of updates for Windows 10, both feature and security updates, from when you get it," said Gartner analyst Steve Kleynhans, who tracks the Redmond, Wash. developer and was briefed by the company on its plans. "They intend to provide the full 10 years of support, which means giving feature and security updates for that computer for 10 years, provided the OEM continues to support the device."

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