Windows 10

This article is about the operating system series developed since 2014. For the original operating system release called "Windows 10", see Windows 10 (original release).
Windows 10
Version of Microsoft Windows
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Initial releaseWindows 10
(29 July 2015)
Latest releaseWindows 10 November 2021 Update
(16 November 2021)
Supported platformsx86, AMD64, ARM64[note 1]
Preceded byWindows 8.1
Succeeded byWindows 11

Windows 10 is a series of Microsoft Windows operating systems, initially released in July 2015 after being announced in September 2014. It succeeded Windows 8.1 and was ultimately superseded by Windows 11 in October 2021. A new release model called Windows as a service was introduced with smaller and regular feature updates, as opposed to releasing a major version of Windows every few years. Usually, these updates are a new build of the operating system, although in a few cases Microsoft released feature updates consisting of a limited set of new functionality using the regular cumulative update infrastructure.

Originally, feature updates were released twice in a year, with the first feature update being released in spring and the other in autumn. The schedule was realigned in 2021 in that feature updates for Windows 10 would be released annually in order to be consistent with Windows 11's new release cadence.[1]

The Windows Insider Program was also introduced with Windows 10, which boosted the company's engagement with beta testers as well as distributed new pre-release builds more frequently than the prior beta testing initiatives. This also greatly cut down the number of leaks from within the company, which in the past bothered the company due to legal complications of licensed features becoming available earlier than expected. However, while early Insider builds often contained some clearly unfinished features and did not attempt to hide them, the Windows team has gradually moved towards locking such features down using systems such as Velocity and only unlocking them in an almost finished state.

Operating systems from the series are the last commercial releases of Windows to run on 32-bit x86 systems, as Windows 11 dropped support for these devices, while the Windows Server family already previously discontinued 32-bit x86 support with Windows Server 2008 R2. They are also the last versions to support the legacy BIOS firmware even on 64-bit systems as Windows 11 now requires UEFI firmware with Secure Boot support, which has been a part of Microsoft requirements for newly designed devices since Windows 8.

List of feature updates[edit | edit source]

Name Version Based on Release date Support end date Notes
Consumer Enterprise Long-term IoT
Windows 10 1507 Threshold 2015-07-29 2017-05-09 2025-10-14 Only numbered as version 1507 retroactively in documentation.
Windows 10 November Update 1511 Threshold 2 2015-11-10 2017-10-10 N/A N/A N/A
Windows 10 Anniversary Update 1607 Redstone 1 2016-08-02 2018-04-10 2019-04-09 2026-10-13 N/A
Windows 10 Creators Update 1703 Redstone 2 2017-04-11 2018-10-09 2019-10-08 N/A N/A N/A
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update 1709 Redstone 3 2017-10-17 2019-04-09 2020-10-13 N/A N/A Introduces ARM64 support
Windows 10 April 2018 Update 1803 Redstone 4 2018-04-30 2019-11-12 2021-05-11 N/A N/A N/A
Windows 10 October 2018 Update 1809 Redstone 5 2018-11-13 2020-11-10 2029-01-09 N/A
Windows 10 May 2019 Update 1903 Titanium 2019-05-21 2020-12-08 N/A N/A First release under the Azure development scheme.
Windows 10 November 2019 Update 1909 Vanadium[2][note 2] 2019-11-12 2021-05-11 2022-05-10 N/A N/A Cumulative update based on May 2019 Update codebase
Windows 10 May 2020 Update 2004 Vibranium[2][3] 2020-05-27 2021-12-14 N/A N/A N/A
Windows 10 October 2020 Update 20H2 2020-10-20 2022-05-10 2023-05-09 N/A N/A Cumulative updates based on May 2020 Update codebase
Windows 10 May 2021 Update 21H1 2021-05-18 2022-12-13 N/A N/A
Windows 10 November 2021 Update 21H2 2021-11-16 2023-06-13 2024-06-11 2027-01-12 2032-01-13
Windows 10, version 22H2 22H2 TBA TBA TBA N/A N/A
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Older version, still supported
Current stable version
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Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Support for ARM64 was added in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. An ARM32 port is also maintained internally.
  2. Vanadium is a cumulative update for version 1903 (Titanium), although it is considered a distinct development semester by Microsoft.

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