Wednesday, December 6, 2023

A petition seeks that Microsoft extend Windows 10 support for longer

A nonprofit organization called on Microsoft to extend support time for Windows 10. The Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) urged the technology company not to discontinue this version of the operating system, since The consequences for the environment would be catastrophic..

Lucas Gutterman, head of the campaign, revealed that More than 400 million computers running Windows 10 cannot be updated to Windows 11. That means 43% of PCs will be left adrift once support ends on October 14, 2025.

“Microsoft’s abandonment of Windows 10 could cause more computers to become obsolete than any other action ever taken,” stated Lucas Gutterman. “The company has set ambitious environmental goals, but the impact of this decision threatens to derail its progress.” According to the expert, the manufacturing of these devices already generated 46 million tons of CO₂.

The person responsible for the campaign mentions other attempts by Microsoft to extend support for previous versions of Windows, such as XP. “Windows XP users received security updates for 13 years. Even when support ended, it still worked on 30% of computers worldwide.”

One of the advantages of Windows 10 is its backward compatibility, which combined with the hardware requirements, allowed many computers to migrate without problems.

“Forcing a transition to Windows 11 is bad for the planet”

One of the priorities of the PIRG is promote the right to repair. The groups that make up the network are working with legislators and companies to allow users to repair their equipment without warranty. This would help reduce the amount of electronic waste generated each year.

The call to Microsoft revolves around this problem and asks that the support period for Windows 10 be extended.

“Dear Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft,

Don’t throw away millions of computers. The decision to end support for Windows 10 could cause the largest increase in the number of discarded computers to date, and prevent Microsoft from achieving its sustainability goals. The strict hardware requirements of its new version of the operating system could cause 40% of PCs in use to be left behind.

Microsoft’s decision to stop supporting millions of functional computers in our hospitals, businesses, and homes is a raw deal for customers who expect their expensive devices to last.

“All software reaches a point where it is no longer compatible, but when the consequences for our environment are so great we should not accept it.”

Lucas Gutterman traveled to the Microsoft offices in Redmond WA to deliver 20,000 signatures supporting the petition, which were later sent in electronic format.

Graph with percentage of users of all Windows versions
Image: Statcounter

Despite having been on the market for two years, Windows 11 has not managed to take off as Microsoft expected. According to Statcounter figures, the most recent version of the operating system is installed on 20.28% of computers. By contrast, Windows 10 has 71.6% of the market sharemaintaining a stable trend throughout 2023.

The latest version of Windows 10 (22H2) will end support on October 14, 2025. This includes Home, Pro, Enterprise and Education editions. It is difficult to anticipate whether Microsoft will extend the date, or reduce the hardware requirements for Windows 12.

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