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Microsoft sets the date for ending the sale of Windows 10 licenses



Microsoft has announced that it will permanently stop selling licenses for Windows 10 through its website, as of January 31, which marks the end of the era of the most popular operating system in the world today, according to the Arab Portal for Technical News report.

The American software giant had launched the Windows 10 system with its two versions: Home and Pro since late 2014, after the failures suffered by the previous systems, especially: Windows Vista, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1. With him, many users felt that the company might restore the success of Windows XP.

At the end of 2021, Microsoft launched Windows 11 to continue the march of Windows 10. However, it seems that users are not eager to upgrade to the latest system. Until last December, the share of Windows 10 is still four times the share of its successor.

Fortunately, Windows 10 will continue to receive security updates until the end of official support on October 14, 2025, so there is no need to rush to upgrade to Windows 11 if you do not want to buy it now.

 The news related to the termination of sales of the Windows 10 system comes after the actual end of the systems: Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1, as Microsoft stopped providing any security updates for the systems on January 10.

Microsoft Corporation

multinational company working in the field of computer technologies, with a revenue in 2016 of more than $85 billion, with 114,000 employees (2016), and it is the largest software manufacturer in the world in terms of revenues as of 2016. It develops, manufactures, and licenses a wide range of software for computer devices. The company is headquartered in the suburbs of Redmont, Seattle, Washington State, United States.

When Microsoft was founded, Bill Gates and Paul Allen took the company from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and then the company moved to its current location. It should be noted that Bill Gates and Paul Allen are the founders and owners of this company before it became a public company and traded in the stock markets.

It is one of the five largest US IT companies, along with Google, Amazon, Apple, and Meta.


Graphic operating system, produced by Microsoft. The operating system began as a graphical interface for Microsoft MS-DOS in 1985, in response to the growing interest in graphical user interfaces. Microsoft Windows came to dominate the personal and desktop computer market in the world, with a share of more than 90% of the market, surpassing the Mac operating system, which was released in 1984.

The latest version of Windows is Windows 11, the latest system for phones is Windows Phone 11, and the latest version for servers is Windows Server 2022.

History of Microsoft Windows releases

Windows describes all generations of operating system products produced by Microsoft, except for the first system of Microsoft DOS, of course. These products are generally classified as follows:

Initial releases

Windows copies date back to September 1981, when Chase Bishop designed the first model of an electronic device and the start of the “Interface Manager” project, and it was announced in November 1983 after Apple Lisa but before the Macintosh under the name “Windows”, but Windows 1.0 was not released until November 1985. It was Windows 1.0 lacks excellence in functionality, and has achieved little popularity compared to Apple's operating system. Windows 1.0 was not a relatively complete operating system, but rather an extension of Microsoft DOS. The Windows 1.0 shell was known as the MS DOS executive, and the system was equipped with other programs such as: Calculator, Calendar, Cardfile, Clipboard viewer, Clock, Control Panel, Notepad, Paint, Terminal ( English: Terminal) and the writer. Windows 1.0 did not have the ability to overlap windows, instead windows were adjacent only, and dialog boxes could appear on top of other windows.

Microsoft Windows version 2.0 was released in December 1987, which brought many improvements to the user interface and memory management. Its popularity was slightly more than its predecessor, Windows 1.0. Windows 2.03 changed the operating system from tiling windows and their inability to appear on top of each other, and as a result, Apple filed a lawsuit against Microsoft under the pretext of infringement of property rights. Windows 2.0 also introduced more advanced keyboard shortcuts and the ability to use expanded memory.

Windows 2.1 was released in two different versions: Windows 386 was running on the default 8086 mode for multitasking for DOS programs and paged memory which despite its name would run on the 8086 still running in real mode, but making use of the upper memory area. In addition to the full packages of Windows, there have been runtime versions shipped with raw Windows software by third parties that made it possible to run Windows programs under MS-DOS without the need for the full package of Windows.

Many people think that the initial versions of Windows had a simple graphical user interface, because most of them were using Microsoft DOS and got used to it as a system for file services. However, even early versions of 16-bit Windows supposedly provided many of the typical operating system functions: notably having their own executable file format and providing their own device drivers with a temporary, graphic, printer, mouse, keyboard and sound for applications, and on The opposite of MS-DOS and Windows enabled users to run multiple graphical programs together through cooperative multitasking. Windows introduced especially the part-based, virtual memory software system that allowed applications to run beyond available memory, whereby pieces of code and resources are swapped in and out when memory gets crowded, and data chunks are moved into memory when the application loses control of it.

Roshin Damon is a professional journalist since 2011, a media graduate from Kuwait University, a technology expert, a media consultant and a member of the International Organization of Journalists - a member of the fact-checking team at Meta Company. He writes in the fields of entertainment, art, science and technology, and believes that the pen can change everything. Email: Email: