As of January 13, 2015, Microsoft is pulling the plug on mainstream support for Windows 7 users. Users who are running the four-year-old operating system will no longer receive new features or service packs from the technology giant.
Recently Microsoft ended extended support for Windows XP. It left users without any technical support or security updates therefore leaving the 12-year-old operating system are left vulnerable to viruses and malware that could put their information at risk.
But Windows 7 isn’t following Windows XP footsteps. The end of mainstream support means that the operating system will no longer be eligible for new features from Microsoft; however, Windows 7 users will still receive critical security patches through the extended support program.
Extended support will be offered for Windows 7 until January 2020.
The downside for Windows 7 users is that new programs and features may not be compatible with their machine.
Windows 7 has remained fairly popular since its release – as many as 50 per cent of the world’s PCs are running the operating system, by some estimates.
Some of this is due to the poor reception of Windows 8, the company’s latest operating system.
Retail sales of Windows 7 Professional, Home Basic, Home Premium and Ultimate will end on October 31, 2014.