The end is nigh for Windows 7 and Microsoft is urging customers to migrate over to Windows 10 post haste.
Support for Microsoft’s most stable and long-running operating system is coming to an end on 14 January 2020. While Windows 7 will not cease to exist, Microsoft will be ceasing all support and it will degrade over time. In the short term, Microsoft revealed that users will be vulnerable to security risks.
It is estimated that there are still over 400m worldwide still using Windows 7.
“Microsoft made a commitment to provide ten years of product support for Windows 7 when it was released on October 22, 2009,” explains Microsoft.
“When this 10-year period ends, Microsoft will discontinue Windows 7 support so that we can focus our investment on supporting newer technologies and great new experiences. The specific end of support day for Windows 7 will be January 14, 2020. After that, technical assistance and software updates from Windows Update that help protect your PC will no longer be available for the product.
“Microsoft strongly recommends that you move to Windows 10 sometime before January 2020 to avoid a situation where you need service or support that is no longer available. You can continue to use Windows 7, but after support has ended, your PC will become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses.
“Windows will continue to start and run, but you will no longer receive software updates, including security updates, from Microsoft.”