Microsoft DITCHES Windows 7 in Six Months!
Just like it was the case with Windows XP, earlier this year, Microsoft plans to end mainstream support for Windows 7 in 2015. Millions of users will be left unprotected across the world!
Microsoft has recently made an announcement that they will stop providing free mainstream support for several of their products, including Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Exchange Server 2010, Windows Storage Server 2008, Dynamics C5 2010, NAV 2009 and NAV 2009 R2.
Free support for Windows 7 will officially end on January 13, 2015, but you’ll be able to pay for extra “extended support”. With this, Microsoft continues its tradition of ending mainstream support five years after the product was released. Mainstream support for Windows Phone 7.8 will end even sooner, on 9th of September this year.
The end of support will mean that Microsoft is not going to release any new updates for features and there won’t be more performance improvements. Microsoft has promised that they will provide security patches, even after ending of mainstream support. But they will definitely end all design changes, warranty claims and no-charge incident support.
The end of mainstream support will mostly affects business owners, because many businesses are now in the phase of upgrading systems on their PCs to Windows 7.
This means that they’ll have to pay for extended support. When bought, extended support will last for another five years, until January 14, 2020, and customers will still get all necessary updates and performance improvements.
There are some rumors that Microsoft will probably continue to provide support for Windows 7, due its popularity, like it was the case with Windows XP. Microsoft provided support for Windows XP users for about 13 years, until it was finally shut down this year.
But chances for this extension are minimal, because Microsoft has problems with selling Windows 8, and it’s far less popular than Windows 7. So Microsoft might use this end of support for Windows 7 to make people buy more Windows 8 machines. We recently hinted that Windows 9 could be free for those switching from Windows 7, as well.
Microsoft has also announced that they will stop to provide support for Windows 8 systems on January 9, 2018, five years upon its release. This might mean that Microsoft is planning to release their new operating system, code-named “Threshold” (also referred to as Windows 9) in the near future.