Is it the end of life for windows 7?
Fear not. Windows 7 is well entrenched in business, but interestingly it has just appeared on the list for Microsoft mainstream support. So we thought we should mention that.
We will eventually see the product in all its 10 variants slowly edge towards extended support (January 13 2015), then into non supported mode (at the end of 2020).
Mainstream support for Windows 7 will end on 13 January 2015 – which is only 5 months away.
While this is not as business-critical as the Windows XP deadline last April, it is likely to get companies starting to plan their next upgrade cycle either around Windows 8.1 or Windows 9. Planning sooner than later helps plan your IT expenditure.
Other products included on that list include Windows Server 2008, Windows Phone 7.8, Windows Storage Server 2008, Exchange Server 2010 and Dynamics.
“Every Windows product has a lifecycle. The lifecycle begins when a product is released and ends when it’s no longer supported,” Microsoft recently explained in a Forbes article. “Knowing key dates in this lifecycle helps you make informed decisions about when to upgrade or make other changes to your software.”
What Windows 7 users must know, however, is that they have to be running Windows 7 Service Pack 1 for these days to apply. Support for Windows 7 RTM (Released to Manufacturing – the original release software) was stopped back on 9 April 2013 – so if for some reason you aren’t keeping Windows 7 up to date do so immediately.
On 13 January 2015 Windows 7’s ‘Mainstream Support’ will come to an end. That means no new Service Packs or features will be released. This is wholly different from the end of ‘Extended Support’ which is what happened to Windows XP on 8 April 2014.
Extended Support is the significant event: It essentially means no more security patches when hackers find exploits, no software improvements. This phase renders the software into no mans land.
However, as over 50% of all pcs around the world run Windows 7 , this number is proportionally larger than XP main base, so in principal Windows 7 should be harder to kill off than XP.
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