Microsoft reopens the beta branch for Windows 10, but the end date does not change

The central theses

  • Microsoft reopens beta branch for Windows 10.
  • Joining the Beta Insider branch does not extend Windows 10 support beyond 2025.
  • The extended security update does not bring any new features, only security fixes.

Don't get too excited, but Microsoft may not be 100% ready with Windows 10. Since most versions of Windows still use the older operating system, Microsoft seems to have taken note and is reopening the Beta Insider branch for Windows 10. However, before you assume this is a second wave for Windows 10, you may want to temper your expectations a bit.


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Microsoft reopens the beta branch for Windows 10

A screenshot of the desktop in Windows 10

As announced on Windows BlogsMicrosoft has reopened the Windows 10 Beta branch. Note that the Windows 10 Dev and Canary branches will not be opened as these are reserved for the development of Windows 11. If you join Dev or Canary, your PC will automatically be upgraded to Windows 11 and you will have a few days to downgrade before you need to do a full reinstall.

Otherwise, you can join the Beta Insider branch and help Microsoft test new features planned for Windows 10 version 22H2.

Does this mean that Windows 10 will get a second life?

Shared screenshot of Windows 11 next to Windows 10

Unfortunately, Microsoft is quick to dispel any assumptions that this is a sign that Windows 10 will have a longer support lifespan:

The end of support for Windows 10 remains unchanged at October 14, 2025. Joining the Beta Channel on your Windows 10 PC won't change that. For more information about the Extended Security Update program for Windows 10, see this blog post here.

It's also worth noting that even if you subscribe to the Extended Security Update program, you won't get more cool features for Windows 10. The program lets you keep your PC up to date with security fixes, but that's about it. As such, you shouldn't expect this revived beta program to bring new content to the operating system for years to come. For that, you'll be better off with a different operating system come October 2025.