Last year Microsoft has ended official forum support for Windows 7 and now announced the formal end of support for the Windows 7 devices. As per the Microsoft’s updated Windows lifecycle fact sheet states that the company will end extended support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020, which means Microsoft won’t release any more updates and security fixes after that date.
Effectively, company is saying that it will remove all the plugs means support to OS after all most a year from today.
Currently Microsoft is providing the extended support to Windows 7, mainstream support for it was ended in early 2015 and extended timeline was announced which ends on January 14, 2020. Microsoft announced in September last year that the company will offer paid Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) till January, 2023, but it seems that they have changed their mind share.
With this move it is very clear that Microsoft wants it users to move to newer version of the OS, Windows 10. However, it is interesting to note that Windows 7, which released a decade ago, is still running on a large number of computers. As per Net Applications, Windows 7 was present on nearly 43% of all Windows machines last month, while Windows 10 was on 46%.
What happens after Microsoft 7 ends support?
The OS will continue to work even without support, but it will be more vulnerable to security risks and viruses – with no security/bug fixes. As such, Microsoft will not provide any more security or feature updates to the operating system.
Talking about the development Brad Anderson said, “Changes and upgrades in technology are inevitable,” Anderson said while guiding customers for Windows 10 upgrade. “And there’s never been a better time to start putting in motion the things you need to do to shift your organization to a modern desktop with Microsoft 365.”
So, considering the fact that the support for Windows 7 is going to get shutdown soon users should look for the options of upgrade to Windows 10.
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