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New Title: The Future of Computers: The Impact of Ending Windows 10 Support

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Microsoft recently announced its plan to end support for the Windows 10 operating system by October 2025. This decision could bring about significant changes in the computer market and potentially result in the disposal of around 240 million personal computers […]

Windows 10 Korisnici Crne Službe: Otpad i Budućnost Računara

Microsoft recently announced its plan to end support for the Windows 10 operating system by October 2025. This decision could bring about significant changes in the computer market and potentially result in the disposal of around 240 million personal computers (PC).

Experts from Canalis Research warn that electronic waste from these computers could weigh approximately 480 million kilograms, equivalent to the weight of 320,000 cars. This figure highlights the potential for a substantial amount of waste disposal, which could have a negative impact on the environment.

While many computers can remain functional for years after the end of Windows 10 support, Canalis Research emphasizes that the demand for these devices might be low due to the lack of security updates.

Microsoft has announced a plan to provide security updates for Windows 10 devices until October 2028, but the annual cost has not yet been disclosed. However, analysts point out that migrating to newer computers could be financially advantageous, which could increase the number of older computers ending up as waste.

Furthermore, the next generation operating system, Windows 11, expected to bring advanced artificial intelligence technology to computers, could contribute to the increase in electronic waste as some older computers may not be compatible with this system.

It remains to be seen how this decision will impact the computer market and the environment. Microsoft has not yet commented on the potential environmental impact of disposing of devices that are not compatible with Windows 11. However, it is important to note that recycling the hard drives used in personal computers and servers can bring benefits, such as collecting materials for use in electric vehicle engines and renewable energy production.

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