Microsoft’s plan to discontinue support for the Windows 10 operating system could result in about 240 million PCs being scrapped. Canalys Research warns about this, writes Reuters.

This will potentially increase the amount of waste in landfills. Experts estimate that e-waste from these PCs can weigh approximately 480 million kg, which is equivalent to 320 thousand cars.

Many computers can remain functional for many years after OS support is discontinued. However, Canalys warns that demand for devices without security updates may be low.

Microsoft recently announced that Windows 10 will receive an additional three years of security updates after support ends on October 14, 2025, but for a fee. This will be possible as part of the Extended Security Updates (ESU) program, which is already offered for Windows 7 and provides monthly security updates and technical support for a separate annual fee.

Earlier, the Canadian-American organization PIRG called on Microsoft to continue to support Windows 10 and provide security updates for this OS after 2025. The group argued that discontinuing support for this operating system would lead to massive e-waste, which is better avoided.