The Redmond Software giant, Microsoft, has announced that its support for Windows 7 will end after January 14, 2020. In essence, Windows 7 users will no longer receive updates or security fixes after the said date.
“All good things must come to an end, even Windows 7.”
Windows 7 has been applauded as the best version of Windows, after Windows XP. At its one year anniversary in 2010, Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc blogged that more than 240 million Windows 7 licenses were sold that year, making it the fastest-selling operating system in history. Even after the release of Microsoft’s elegant Windows 10, Windows 7 still ruled the market. It took a few years before 10 started getting fair market share.
Some of the features that greatly improved the general user experience of Windows was first seen on Windows 7. The OS brought the ability to pin items on the taskbar, and refined the look and feel of Windows with Aero Interface.
While Windows 7 wasn’t exactly overloaded with fancy features, it brought stability, good networking and enhanced security to the Windows landscape, especially after its predecessor – Windows Vista, received much criticism for its poor performance.
Current Windows 7 users have about a year before Microsoft cuts off their supply of security fixes. Microsoft will, however, continue to provide updates to Windows 7 enterprise customers who’d pay for support.
Should you decide to continue using Windows 7 after its end of support date, Microsoft warns that your PC will become vulnerable to security risks. Users of 7 are advised to upgrade to Windows 10. Even better, one should purchase a new Windows 10 PC in order to enjoy the latest hardware capabilities.
Checkout this article on upgrading to Windows 10.