28 January 2019
Windows 7 is coming to the end of its life. Microsoft ended official forum support for Windows 7 last year. The company is now finally pulling the plug on Windows 7. According to the company’s updated Windows lifecycle fact sheet, Windows 7 is slated to come to an end on 14th January 2020. This means that Windows 7 will not receive any security updates after that. If you’re still running on Windows 7, this may just be the push you need to update your software!
It’s clear that Microsoft is encouraging users to update to Windows 10. However, in all fairness, it has given users an entire year until Windows 7 finally comes to an end. No security updates means that your version of Windows will be open to malware and other security threats and breaches. While Windows 7 extended support includes aid technical assistance, security updates, and paid non-security updates it does not include requests for warranty support. Design changes or even new features during the so-called extended support phase. The same cannot be said of Windows Enterprise users on Windows 7 extended Security updates as the company has promised support till January 2023. While this may sound pretty appealing, do remember that the company will charge an exorbitant premium for Enterprise users.
Windows 7 was first released in 2009 and has lasted for a decade. It continues to be one of the most loved Windows operating systems of all time. As of December 2018, the market share held by Windows 7 was at 36.9%. This is quite a large number considering the operating system has been around for a decade. Unfortunately, no matter how good it is, it is gradually becoming obsolete and users are suggested to run on the latest version of Windows.