Everything good has to come to end and this is the same for Windows 7 which is running on over 50% of all PC’s around the world. Microsoft will be ending the mainstream support for Windows 7 from January 13, 2015 but, the extended support for security and vulnerabilities will continue till 2020.
Microsoft previously discontinued the support for Windows XP back in April 2014 and now, it seems the mainstream support for Windows 7 is ending too, starting tomorrow.
The end of mainstream support means Windows 7 won’t be getting any new feature updates from Microsoft but, this doesn’t mean Microsoft has completely abandoned the Windows 7 instead, just new features won’t be released for Microsoft’s most popular OS.
Microsoft will still continue to release the security updates and fixes for vulnerabilities for Windows 7 still January 14, 2020 which means your PC’s running the Windows 7 will still be secure and you can use them as daily driver. All versions of Windows 7 will get extended support till 2020.
Microsoft seems to be aiming to provide all Windows 7 users free upgrade to Windows 10 which means your Windows 7 PC will be upgraded to latest Windows 10 which would be released in the third quarter of 2015.
Windows 10 will be a complete new upgrade of Windows 8.1 with the focus on desktop where the Modern elements of Windows 8.1 would be added to desktop with ability to launch Modern apps on desktop in windowed mode and many others. Microsoft will also add a new browser in Windows 10 named Spartan bringing a whole new set of features.
So, will you be upgrading your Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 upon its launch?
Source: Microsoft product lifecycle