Microsoft will be ending extended support for Windows 7 in January 2020

Windows 7 is one of Microsoft’s most important operating systems of all time. When it was released in October 2009, it was adopted with much relief. Windows 7 did one very important thing – it took away the pain of Windows Vista. Windows 7 built upon the disaster that was Windows Vista and brought back the reliability, and that strong foundation that was loved in Windows XP.

Support will end in January

Windows will be cutting off its extended support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. That means that Windows 7 will no longer receive security updates or patches. However, the Windows 7 version of the Microsoft Security Essentials will still provide updates for at least some time.

January 14th, 2020 is the last day Microsoft will offer security updates and technical support for computers running Windows 7. We know that change can be difficult, that’s why we’re reaching out early to help you back up your files and prepare for what’s next.

Microsoft’s warning from earlier this year

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There is still an option for enterprise customers that want to continue using Windows 7 with support. Microsoft is offering customers “Windows 7 Extended Security Updates” (ESUs) that will cost around $25 to $200 per workstation, per year. Of course, this is a very expensive way to receive updates, but for enterprise customers that are used to legacy software will prefer the robust reliability of Windows 7 over the more modern, bloat-ware filled Windows 10. However, these paid ESUs will also only be available until 2023.

Microsoft had begun pushing popup windows on Windows 7 devices, warning the users that support will be ending on January 14. Microsoft says that after that day, they will begin pushing fullscreen windows that will inform users about the risk of using Windows 7, that can only be dismissed after interacting with it.

Final take

Windows 7 was still preferred for many when Windows 10 first came out. That was because of the stronger foundation and sense of reliability it gave customers. The initial reactions to Windows 10 was criticism on the design choice, how it felt like Microsoft was pushing a touchscreen UI for laptops and PCs. In a few days, it will be 2020 and everyone has pretty much universally accepted Windows 10. Enterprise customers can remove any built-in apps that they don’t want such as the Microsoft Store, Xbox, Paint, Cortana, etc.

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Windows 10 has had time to mature and become very robust. Maybe it is better that Microsoft focuses more on improving its more widely adopted product, rather than spend resources supporting a pretty much dead one.


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