Please limit harmful Microsoft obsolescence

Microsoft now says that support for Windows 10 will end on October 14, 2025, which means that if you continue to use Windows 10, your PC will still work, but will become more vulnerable to security threats and viruses. Your PC will continue to start up and run, but you will no longer receive software updates, including security updates, from Microsoft.

Now I have absolutely no problem with this if computer users like me could buy third party support with software updates including security updates. But Microsoft has managed to write its licenses in a way that other companies can’t.

It’s like a car manufacturer saying you can buy my car, but we’ll stop supplying spare parts at a time we choose – and – oh yes – we have legal powers to prevent another supplier from supplying spare parts .

This is a direct loss to the tens of millions – perhaps hundreds of millions – of computer users who are happy with their current operating system and absolutely do not need to “upgrade”.

Microsoft has been using this highly anti-competitive strategy for many years to force millions of people to spend hundreds of millions of dollars “upgrading” systems that work perfectly. This is forced obsolescence, benefiting Microsoft shareholders and others in the computer industry. but causes huge damage to computer users, as they have to spend large sums of money on replacing things that work perfectly.

Please push for legislation that forces Microsoft to allow other computer software companies to provide support for Windows computers after Microsoft discontinues support. This will not be popular in the computer industry, but hugely popular among the hundreds of millions of people and people in other countries who use Microsoft operating systems.

Or – perhaps existing antitrust law can be used to accomplish this, if DOJ chooses to enforce it.

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