Microsoft is slowly pulling Windows 7 from the market. They recently discontinued the supply of certain Windows 7 versions to their OEM partners. Even after the release of Windows 8, many OEMs continued to sell Windows 7 pre-installed systems obviously because of the huge popularity that Windows 7 still has among the Windows users. There is still good demand for Windows 7 systems in the market.
Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium and Ultimate discontinued
So far, Microsoft has only discontinued the Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium and Ultimate editions. They have left out Windows 7 Enterprise edition, as there is still a great demand for this product among the Enterprise users.
This decision came into effect back in October. This means that the Windows 7 systems from OEMs still available in the market are actually left over stock. These OEMs will no longer get any new Windows 7 OS copies from Microsoft for the versions mentioned above. Microsoft seems to have timed this decision well, just as Windows 7 support is all set to reach its mainstream support deadline in January 2015.
But, the End of Supply of these Windows 7 versions to OEMs is not likely to boost the slow Windows 8 sales. On the other hand, this decision might help generate good demand for Windows 10 when it will be released in the market next year.
Even so, the current Windows 7 users might not be in any hurry to upgrade to Windows 8 or Windows 10. They know that Windows 7 support will continue for another five years as Microsoft Extended Support. For most average users, this is more than enough, since extended support includes essential OS and security updates.
However, it is possible that Microsoft might refuse to provide some essential OS updates for Windows 7 in the future pointing to the fact they are not obliged to do so. This might be a problem for Windows 7 Professional and Enterprise users. Such users are well-advised to upgrade to Windows 10, when it becomes available in the market.
Windows 7 Extended Support will come to end only in January 2020, which is many years away. However, do not expect Microsoft to continue supporting Windows 7 beyond this date considering the huge user base for the OS. They made that mistake with Windows XP and they are not likely to repeat it.Read more »
After Windows XP’s end of support, it is the turn of Windows 7. Few months back, the world’s leading software maker, Microsoft Corporation, reminded Windows 7 users that it would stop providing the mainstream support for Windows 7 in January next year.
You know what happens next, when news like this comes up. It did not take much time for internet users to flood the cyberspace with a wave of confused fear-mongering headlines and articles. Many comments even imply that with the end of Windows 7 mainstream support, the OS is going to follow Windows XP to the grave.
What to do
Let’s not panic. Windows 7 is not going to die that young. We need to know certain things first. Actually, all the confusion here stems from the software giant’s really confusing and obtuse naming conventions. End of mainstream support only means that the OS will no longer receive any new features or tweaks. When a Windows operating system is removed from the ‘mainstream support’ list, it then enters another support type or period; the ‘extended support’ phase. During this phase, the OS will receive all the essential patches and security updates, as well as official technical support for any issues in the system.
Users need to know that Windows 7 support has five more years after the end of mainstream support. This means that though Windows 7 will not be in active development after next January, it will certainly not be tossed to the hyenas and wolves of the internet, either.
All genuine Windows 7 users will receive the important hotfixes. The only thing is that the only the security related ones will be available. Another thing, businesses will be able to sign up for an extended Windows 7 support plan, in case they need non-security feature updates.
The extended support for Windows 7 will continue until January 14, 2020. That is certainly a long time. You can go through the software giant’s support lifecycle for Windows online, in case you are still not satisfied about the news, and want to know how the support plan actually works.
So, coming back to not panicking, yes, you have no reason to panic. Windows 7 will not be dead for a long, long time. You still have quite some time to decide which OS to move on to next.Read more »
Windows 7 is one of the operating systems from the Windows OS family that is not only loaded with many features, but also is one of the best among all other operating systems. Users who have been using Windows operating systems, can expect much while working with Windows 7 OS. When users work on Windows 7 operating system, they get to experience features and functions like never before. In addition to all of this, different features have been added to enhance security, and users also have the option to seek assistance from the Windows 7 support desk.
There is an exceptional team of certified Microsoft technicians to offer help and support for Windows 7 users. The best part is that with the help of remote assistance, they will be able to render services the same way an in-house technician would do. Like every other operating system, issues might surface up at any time. Whenever an issue surfaces, you need not worry over them, as help is available almost immediately. All you need to do is call up the support technician on the toll free number and give them the permission to take remote access. The customer will only have to sit back, relax and watch while the technician works on the computer.
With the introduction of remote connection enabled services, the overview of troubleshooting issues has literally changed. Technical support is possible very easily, both for people who are looking for help and the ones rendering support. With the improvements in technology, users do not have to wait for an in-house technician to help them solve issues. This reduces the wait time and the time spent on troubleshooting issues.
Apart from the support rendered by the official website, many other support companies render Windows 7 support for the users. They have helped customers in finding and fixing issues in the most effective way. Apart from telephone support, some of the support rendering services also help customers with chat support. This is an alternative option for people who are not comfortable speaking over the phone.
The best part is that these services for Windows 7 operating system are reliable; hence, you need not worry if there will be a breach in your computers security. The technicians are trained in such a way that they not only resolve the issue but also give you tips to prevent further issues. However, there are some fraudulent support services doing the rounds these days, beware of such before providing any personal or financial information.Read more »
Many people continue to use old Windows 7 operating systems on computers. The features of Windows XP were so user-friendly that quite a large group of people found it difficult to leave the platform. Microsoft extended the support offered to XP for many years and finally stopped offering the same recently. An end of support can leave the platform vulnerable and hence the better option is to install or upgrade to the latest Windows upgrade that can offer best protection and features.
It was quite difficult for many XP users to think about a transition, but quite a lot tried different update versions of Windows like Windows 8.1, Windows 8 and Windows 7. Now Windows 7 has been in the hit list and Microsoft’s next step is to end the support it had been offering for Windows 7. During transition, Windows 7 support was such a highlight that made many people tried Windows 7. However, the new move from Microsoft can definitely drive many people crazy, as the only option available will be Windows 8 and its updated version.
The new anticipated move from Microsoft is to end mainstream support offered for Windows 7. This would lead to an end of a generation because Windows 7 is the last among the group of old interface systems, even though it has a variety of new features included. Windows 7 is the platform that has the largest number of users and hence the new step from Microsoft can literally be a bad news for majority of the users.
The mainstream support offered for Windows 7 will end on January 13, 2015. Thus, contacting Windows 7 support desk will not be possible thereafter. The current users have enough time to think and learn about the latest upgrades. In order to help its users with various features, Microsoft has incorporated and bundled Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 with handful of features. We cannot expect Microsoft to change their decision regarding end of support for Windows 7. They are always keen to promote their newest platforms, which is obvious. Even though the mainstream support will end in January 2015, extended support will continue until January 14, 2020.
The decision is all left to the current users of Windows 7. They have ample time to think and take a decision, whether to go for the upgrade or not.Read more »
The Windows 7 support for the popular Windows 7 platform has not ended yet. However, it will soon end. January 2015 will be the time when Microsoft plans to end the mainstream support that it had been offering for Windows 7. Windows 7 is one of the favorite platforms of millions and even after the emergence of Windows 8 and its upgrade, Windows 7 had been successful enough to grab most of the PC market share. Being the representative of an old interface, Windows 7 had been performing well all these years. There is no surprise to see that about 60% of the PC market makes use of Windows 7, an unbeatable success.
Even though Windows 7 had been enjoying success all these years, the end of mainstream support for the platform by Microsoft will definitely affect the sales of Windows 7 platform. However, Microsoft will soon be facing many questions from Windows 7 users from different parts of the world. The move by Microsoft can be considered as a quick one, as end of support for Windows XP occurred in April 2014. A lot many users who did not wish to try Windows 8 or its upgrade purchased Windows 7. The new step by Microsoft will be a terrific blow for those users.
End of support for a platform will create difficulties, as the users will not be able to contact the Windows 7 support team for assistance. However, end of mainstream support cannot be considered as the end of Windows 7. Extended support for the platform still prevails and that will continue until 2020 and after that, Windows 7 will have the same fate of Windows XP.
When Microsoft is busy sending reminders, Windows 7 users get ample time to upgrade to the same. Since platforms running new apps offer varieties of functionalities, enjoying the same would be better using a touch sensitive device. Windows 8.1 is designed both for the conventional desktops as well as for the modern touch platform. Thus, you can get updated with the advancements in technology through Windows 8.1. Enjoy the swipes and taps on your platform and learn the way of dealing with modern apps.
There is nothing wrong with continuing use of Windows 7; however, mainstream support will not be available after a while. You may also wait for the release of Windows 10, which is expected to have the good features of both Windows 7 and Windows 8.Read more »