Microsoft Ends Support for Windows 7
Two days ago the security world watched the official demise of one of the most popular Windows platforms, Windows 7. But what does it really mean and how does it impact users and organizations? Here is what you need to know:
Leaving mainstream support does not mean that Windows 7 is dead. It simply will stop receiving new features or technology improvements. Companies will no longer receive free assistance if they have a problem with the operating system – now they have to pay.
Windows 7 is now in the so-called “extended support” phase until January 2020. This means that, in the following five years, both regular users and companies will receive critical security patches, which is reassuring.
But the end of life process isn’t really news to anyone. Starting with the middle of 2014, analysts have voiced concerns about the imminent change and advised companies to prepare for the migration.
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“The end of support for Windows 7 will be January, 2020, assuming there are no changes to its current support life cycle,” Gartner Research Vice President Stephen Kleynhans said in a PC Mag article. “While this feels like it’s a long way off, organizations must start planning now, so they can prevent a recurrence of what happened with Windows XP.”
Have companies learned from the end of Windows XP’s life?
12 years later, Windows XP is still the world’s second most popular operating system. Past experience shows that at least 20 per cent of the world’s population was still using Windows XP after its official “death”, including large organizations that have been unable to finish deploying the newer OS version on their machines.