Microsoft pulls the plug on Windows 7 support: Here’s all you need to know

By Xite - January 14, 2020
Microsoft has announced that it will not release any free updates, bug fixes and security patches for its decade-old OS Windows 7 from January 14. This means that the PCs running Windows 7 will be vul....

Microsoft launched the Windows 7 on October 22, 2009, and after serving people for a decade, the company will end the support for the operating system. From January 14, there will not be any free updates, bug fixes, security patches or even technical help by the Microsoft customer service for this version of Windows. This essentially means that if you are still using Microsoft's Windows 7, your computer will be more vulnerable to malware and hacking. The simple solution is to upgrade to Windows 10.

Microsoft now wants to entirely focus on Windows 10. It will now use its resources to develop new features, security updates, patches to increase the performance of the OS. ‘After January 14, 2020, if your PC is running Windows 7, it will no longer receive security updates. Therefore, it's important that you upgrade to a modern operating system such as Windows 10, which can provide the latest security updates to help keep you and your data safer. In addition, Microsoft customer service will no longer be available to provide Windows 7 technical support. Related services for Windows 7 will also be discontinued over time,’ Microsoft said in its support documentation for Windows 7.

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Meanwhile, those who haven’t upgraded to Windows 10, can get it for $139 for a basic, ‘Home’ version. If you want to get advanced features, you can opt for the ‘Pro’ version for $199. The ‘Pro’ version is basically targeted at businesses. Windows 10 will get regular free updates and security patches. The latest version comes with Windows Defender Antivirus that uses the power of the cloud, wide optics, machine learning, and behaviour analysis to protect devices from emerging, sophisticated threats.

Apart from Windows 10, Microsoft is also ending support for Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2 operating systems. Microsoft will also end support for Office 2010 on October 13. Office 2010 includes word processing and spreadsheet software like MS Word, Outlook, among others. Those who have Office 2010 can opt for newer version called Office 365. Last month, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 Mobile users will no longer receive new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free assisted support options or online technical content.

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