File photo: A sign marks the Microsoft office in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA January 25, 2017. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)
Microsoft has begun with the sign of Windows 7 users that support for the operating system is “nearing the end”.
“After 10 years, the support for Windows 7 comes to an end on January 14, 2020,” the software giant said. But the end of Windows 7 will not be a piece of cake. Released in 2009, it is still one of the most popular operating systems worldwide.
“Windows 7 is still very popular,” Kurt Mackie, Senior News Producer at Converge360, which publishes Redmond Magazine, told Fox News in an e-mail.
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And the popularity doesn’t seem to take off. Windows 7 has gained users in February, according to Computerworld, quoting figures from Net Applications, which tracks operating system share of numbers.
In February, Windows 7 had about 38 percent of all pcs, and about 44 percent of the people with Windows, according to Net Applications’ numbers.
That is close to Windows 10, which in fact has decreased slightly in February, the end of the month, approximately 40 percent of all computers and 46 percent of all Windows pcs.
The phase-out of Windows 7
With the end of Windows 7 to access, what users can do? They can continue to make use of the operating system, but it is a risky proposition, unless they are going to pay for support.
“Windows 7 will continue to run, but Microsoft does not have the problem any more free updates for the device, including security patches,” Converge360 the Mackie said.
That could make the Windows 7 pcs are very vulnerable. “When defects in Windows 7 are publicly known, they are often used for attacks. After the January 2020 date, but Microsoft will not solve these problems, and for most users,” he added.
Indeed, that is what Microsoft said on the support page. “While you could continue to use your PC with Windows 7, without continued software and updates, it will be a bigger risk for viruses and malware,” Microsoft said.
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Windows 7 users have the option to pay Microsoft for software patches – what Microsoft calls Windows 7, Extended Security Updates. But that won’t be cheap and the price will rise each year. Then paid patches will eventually end after three years.