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Windows 7 today enters into extended support, meaning that you can no longer get free support for the OS.

January 13, 2014 marks the date that Microsoft stops offering mainstream support for its Windows 7 OS. The popular operating system, now over five years old, is now in what is known as 'extended support.'

Essentially, extended support marks the beginning of the end for a Windows version. From now on there'll be a steady winding down until Microsoft finally pulls the plug on January 14, 2020.

Windows 7's reputation has only been enhanced with the release of subsequent versions. It represents the peak of the classic Windows desktop design, before Microsoft opted to rip things up and start again with Windows 8 - to widespread unpopularity.

As The Register points out, Windows 7 remains the operating system of choice on some 55 percent of all current PC setups. Now, however, those 55 percent will no longer be able to benefit from free Microsoft support for the OS.

Naturally, it also means that Windows 7 will get no more new features or major updates. From now until 2020, only minor security-based updates will be applied.

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The question, then, is do you upgrade to Windows 8.1 now to benefit from the free support, or do you wait to see what Windows 10 has to offer later in the year?

Microsoft is holding a public launch event on January 21 to run through the features of its new OS, which appears to be taking steps to reengage those who have persisted with Windows 7 up to this point.

Everlast

January 13, 2015, 12:28 pm

Microsoft are getting into the masochistic habit of discontinuing popular products and trying to push unwanted ones onto customers' computers!

Matthew Bunton

January 13, 2015, 2:06 pm

The XP/Vista all over gain.

dgrantuk

January 13, 2015, 3:02 pm

They do suffer from design snafus where the only solution seems to be, rip it up and start again. Windows is the primary candidate but Visual Studio suffers from that also, where you expect things to get fixed in the next release - and usually they are but then something else breaks. I'm not a Linux man but that seems to be a more stable platform with iterative releases rather than big bang (correct me if I'm wrong there). Other MS products like Word don't seem to be affected by this, possibly because they contain so much legacy code that it's not possible.

One thing going for Windows is backwards compatibility, unlike OSX. You can dig out some applications from 15 years ago and they will work but that's maybe the dev responsible sticking to the rules...

I personally can't use Windows 8 without swearing so I'll stick with 7 until 10 is released.

LeeTronix

January 13, 2015, 5:56 pm

In general PC sales are slowing at considerable speed and MS who were until recently a software based business realised this and are now trying to reinvent themselves, largely with little success in the PC / Tablet market. Although I do like where they are going and what they are trying to achieve, the manner in which they have chosen to go about it is not good at all.

Where as Apple have had many years behind them building a total hardware software solution and perfecting the original OS platform, they have solid foundations and people choose to update their Apple machines at their own leisure. MS do not have that luxury and they should be looking at the longevity of their customer base other than trying to force their way in the market, people and business will simply rebel.

Support XP and 7 still and slowly educate your customers and they will update their PC's if done properly and unselfishly.

LeeTronix

January 13, 2015, 5:57 pm

I see what you mean, and I will be looking forward with interest to see what 10 is all about, given 9 is missing hehe.

Michael Hatze

January 13, 2015, 8:27 pm

I think Microsoft want to force people to buy or change their OS on WIN8.1 or 10 of their release it:)

lukeab

January 14, 2015, 2:23 pm

LINUX, seize the day! Try it out instead!

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