In an endless list of announcements, Microsoft has now announced the end of mainstream support for Windows 7. Microsoft is using fast software release cycles which in turn affects product lifecycle support polices.
For many IT Support Services professionals, the industry norm is to work with a new Windows operating system release every three years. As part of most managed IT services programs, proactive service pack installation have helped maintain and secure operating systems along the way.
As of January 13, 2015, Microsoft announced it will stop mainstream support for Windows 7. The unfortunate part is most operating systems have seen two services packs per release but Windows 7 is the only operating system to get just one service pack. Microsoft should support Windows 7 with another service pack however it is not happening and mainstream support ends. Microsoft has supported Windows 7 for six years when the deadline hits.
So how will the Windows 7 deadline?
No more free incident support or warranty claims and no longer design changes and feature requests. There will be no more non-security hotfixes unless your organization signs an extended hotfix agreement within 90 days of the end of the support deadline. This will be an issue for consumers or businesses without IT staff or a Managed IT Services provider (MSP).
Good news is Extended Support will be available until January 14, 2020.