Microsoft Windows 7 was a popular operating system that was released in 2009. It quickly gained popularity and was widely used by individuals and businesses alike. However, today, January 14, 2020, Microsoft officially ended support for Windows 7, marking the end of an era for one of the most popular operating systems in history.
What does the end of support mean for Windows 7 users?
The end of support for Windows 7 means that Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or technical support for the operating system. This leaves users vulnerable to new security threats, as any new vulnerabilities or exploits discovered in the operating system will no longer be patched.
While the operating system will continue to function, it is recommended that users upgrade to a newer version of Windows to ensure their devices are secure and protected against potential threats.
What are the options for Windows 7 users?
Windows 7 users have several options available to them. The first option is to upgrade to Windows 10, which is the latest version of the operating system. Upgrading to Windows 10 will provide users with the latest security features and updates, as well as access to new features and functionality.
Another option for Windows 7 users is to switch to a different operating system, such as macOS or a Linux-based operating system. While this may require some adjustment for users who are accustomed to using Windows, it can provide a more secure and stable computing experience.
Finally, Windows 7 users who are unable or unwilling to upgrade their operating system can take steps to mitigate the risk of potential security threats. This includes using up-to-date anti-virus software, being cautious when downloading and installing software, and avoiding unsecured networks and websites.
Why did Microsoft end support for Windows 7?
Microsoft ended support for Windows 7 as part of its normal product lifecycle. The company typically provides 10 years of support for its operating systems, with mainstream support lasting for the first five years and extended support lasting for the remaining five years.
The end of support for Windows 7 was also driven by the desire to encourage users to upgrade to Windows 10, which offers a more modern and secure computing experience. Windows 10 includes features such as enhanced security, improved performance, and new functionality that is not available in Windows 7.
In conclusion, the end of support for Microsoft Windows 7 marks the end of an era for one of the most popular operating systems in history. While users can still continue to use the operating system, it is recommended that they upgrade to a newer version of Windows or switch to a different operating system to ensure their devices are secure and protected against potential security threats.
However, for those not ready to let go at all cost, Microsoft offers Extended Security Updates (ESU), for a price, which will support Windows 7 for the next three years, though the ESUs won’t be available for individual users it will only be for business and corporations only.