The Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) is raising concerns about Microsoft’s plan to end support for Windows 10 and is petitioning the company to reconsider its decision. They highlight several issues, including the financial impact on users who may not be able to upgrade to Windows 11, as well as environmental concerns related to the disposal of unsupported Windows 10 systems.
Microsoft plans to end support for Windows 10 in 2025, which means no more security updates for the millions of users still using this operating system.
PIRG points out that many PCs cannot be upgraded to Windows 11, and not everyone can afford to purchase new hardware to meet the new operating system’s requirements.
The group expresses concern that a large number of unsupported Windows 10 systems may end up in landfill sites, contributing to electronic waste.
PIRG has launched a petition addressed to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, urging the company to reconsider its decision and continue providing security updates for Windows 10 users.
PIRG notes that Microsoft has extended support for older operating systems in the past, such as with Windows XP, which received security updates for 13 years. They find it surprising that the company is pushing for the transition to Windows 11 with more stringent hardware requirements.
PIRG’s concerns are valid. Millions of people rely on Windows 10 PCs for their work, education, and personal needs. Forcing them to upgrade to Windows 11 could have a significant financial impact, especially for those who cannot afford to buy new hardware.
In addition, the environmental impact of junking millions of functional computers is a serious concern. E-waste is a growing problem, and it is important to do everything we can to reduce it.