The deadline for support is January 14, 2020, as such Windows 7 reached its end of life (EOL) yesterday. So going forward, it will no longer receive security updates, which leaves the aged operating system open to malware and susceptible to attacks.
While Windows 7 was released back in 2009, making it exactly 10 years since it debuted to replace the much criticized Windows Vista, which was rather too slow as a result of "software bloat" adding so several features to its programs that the code becomes huge and unwieldy.
Windows 7, no doubt, has been the daily driver for many people who are yet to go for Windows 8/8.1/10, with over 400 million of such PCs across the globe still stuck to the aged operating system.
What is the fate of users still stuck to Windows 7?
Microsoft figuratively told Window 7 not to let the door hit it on the way out, which perhaps should have been directed to the users instead. As support for Windows 7 comes to an end, it is recommended that users should transition to the newer options right away.
Though, it may seem the situation can be manageable in the real world, but it leaves such users vulnerable to attacks, with all security updates halted for PCs running the OS; albeit business customers running Windows 7 Pro and Enterprise editions, have Extended Security Updates (ESU) for up to 3 years if they are willing to pay an annual fee.
For regular users, there is still the free Windows 7 to Windows 10 upgrade offer available, allowing those with Windows 7 license key to upgrade to 10 at no extra cost. And the good news, almost 99% of Windows 7 apps are compatible with Windows 10, so users don’t have to worry about incompatibility issue.
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