Microsoft is ending mainstream support for the ever popular Windows 7 operating system, but don’t panic, your computer will still work and Microsoft will continue to fix security issues for the coming years.
Now what does this entirely mean? Microsoft will be ending free support for users who face issues with the Windows 7 operating system and will no longer update the UI or other aspects within Windows 7. Now this won’t phase many users as the past several years Windows 7 hasn’t received any major UI upgrades. Alongside that, not to many have ever taken advantage of Microsoft’s free online and phone support for the operating system.
Windows 7, introduced back in 2009 by Microsoft was single handily one of the companies most popular operating systems of all time, selling over 100 million copies in under six months time, aside from the well known Windows XP. In 2012 the operating system sold over 630 million licenses, surpassing %50.06 market share. Meaning over half of the worlds computers were running the Windows 7 operating system.
Succeeded by Windows 7 was Windows 8, released late October of 2012. By 2013 new years, the operating system had only sold 60 million licenses, coming nowhere near their predecessor.
Getting back to Windows 7, Microsoft has promised security patches for the next five years, stating they will officially end support January 14, 2020. Seeing as Microsoft ended extended support for Windows XP last year was huge, essentially closing down one of the largest operating systems in the world, universally used across a number of machines like ATMS and banks, which was still used by %27.69 of the worlds machines at their time of discontinuation.
Microsoft is said to end support for Windows Vista April of 2017, meaning 2 years from now possibly one of Microsoft smallest operating systems will officially meet its end.
As Microsoft will continue Windows 7 extended support to patch security vulnerabilities, many cybercriminals will stop exploiting older operating systems once they are discontinued. It is rare one will find cybercriminals exploiting Windows 98 or Windows XP vulnerabilities in present day. Seeing as how large Windows 7 was, it may not be the case for this operating system, but we have yet to know.
Set to succeed Windows 8.1 is Windows 10, why the company skipped the name Windows 9 remains undiscussed, but is set to release some time in this year, 2015.
The Technical Preview edition of Windows 10 was released to beta testers, security researchers, programmers among various other industry experts back in November 2014. The final release for the second half is set to release Mid 2015.
Microsoft is set to release a large announcement for Windows 10 January 21, 2014, and many hope the announcement is that Windows 10 will adopt Windows 7 older UI than the latest Windows 8, no start bar minimalist design.
Windows 8 mainstream support is set to end January 9, 2018, and their extended support for January 10 2023, nearly a decade away.
As Windows 7 mainstream support comes to and end, it may be a shock for some, but Microsoft has had it set publicly for several months prior, leaving is at no shock to many technical administrators.