”Farewell Windows 7 & Millions of PCs that still ran it, End of Traditional Windows Era!
Today Redmond Giant, Microsoft is dropping support of Windows 7, nearly after 11 years of launching the operating system. Windows 7 was designed to fix the failure Windows Vista. Windows 7 certainly did fix things, with its new task bar, Aero window management, file libraries, and much more.
Windows 7 became so popular, that it took Windows 10 nearly four years just to pass it in market share. Even today, millions of PCs are still running Windows 7, and the operating system still runs on a massive 26 percent of all PCs according to data from Netmarketshare.
After spending years trying to get people to upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge, but tens of millions of PCs will now be left vulnerable to exploits and security vulnerabilities.
Businesses and education Windows 7 users will be able to pay for extended security updates, but it could be a costly venture for some. Extended updates for Windows 7 Enterprise is approximately $25 per machine, and the cost doubles to $50 per device in 2021 and again to $100 in 2022.
It’s even worse for Windows 7 Pro users, which starts at $50 per machine and jumps to $100 in 2021 and $200 in 2022. These costs will naturally vary depending on the volume of PCs in use at a business, but they’re still going to be substantial for larger firms.
Microsoft is easing these costs witf ph a free year cost-retirement updates to Windows 7 customers with active Windows 10 subscriptions. That hasn’t made a big dent in Windows 7 market share recently, though.
Microsoft has been notifying Windows 7 users throughout 2019 about today’s end of support, so people still stuck on the OS can’t say they haven’t been warned.
A full-screen notification will appear for Windows 7 users on Wednesday, warning that systems are now out of support. Microsoft is trying to convince existing users to upgrade to machines running Windows 10, a trend that caused the global PC market to have its first year of growth since 2011.
" Windows 7 Still Got Some Life...
After the end of support, it looks like there’s some life left in Windows 7 yet. It could take another year or two to get Windows 7 firmly below 10 percent market share, especially when Google is committing to support Chrome on Windows 7 until at least the middle of 2021.
That presents Microsoft with some headaches for ongoing support. We’ve already seen the software giant break with tradition multiple times for Windows XP, issuing public patches for the operating system after its end of support date.
Given the increases in ransomware attacks in recent years and their devastating effects, it’s likely we’ll see public Windows 7 security patches in the future.
We’ve already hit multiple end-of-support dates for various Windows 10 releases without any major hiccups, and three versions are set to reach end of service this year alone. If businesses keep upgrading regularly, then Windows 10 may have truly solved some of Microsoft’s support headaches for the future.
Windows 7 end of life helped the PC market to grew up again in 2019, but with no “Windows 11” rumoured yet, the PCs that businesses are purchasing now could last longer than ever before.
With that said, I hope you’ll like the article, If you’re using Windows 7 you may need to upgrade it sooner or later, but if you’re using Windows 10 like most of the users, there’s no need to worry about. Tell us about your experience in Windows 7 in the comment section below.