Windows 7 Exits Mainstream Support – News – IT Consulting Experts
Windows 7 Exits Mainstream Support
Ever since standalone software sales of Windows 7 were discontinued in October 2013, which was followed by the discontinuation of consumer PC's with Windows 7 in October of 2014, and now in January 2015, Microsoft is finally pulling the plug on "mainstream support". However, this doesn't mean that Microsoft is completely abandoning Windows 7, probably because roughly half of the world's PC owners still use it.
After the mainstream support phase, a Windows OS enters the "extended support" phase. Windows XP was in extended support from 2009 to 2015 – meaning that Windows 7 still has years of updates and security patches ahead of it. Hotfixes will still be provided, too, assuming they're security related. The official date for the end of support for Windows 7 is January 14, 2020.
Microsoft is currently developing Windows 10, which is in open Beta. With the flop that was Windows 8, it's understandable why most people still prefer Windows 7, including the quarter of PC owners are still using Windows XP. Windows 10 promises to fix the issues of 8 and 8.1 by basically uniting Windows 7 and 8.1. For example. the Start menu will return to the classic Windows feel, also offer access to the Live Tiles that were a big new feature in Windows 8.