Notebookcheck

Mainstream support for Windows 7 ends

Mainstream Windows 7 support ends
Windows 7 logo
While Windows 7 will no longer get any new Service Pack, minor security patches will be provided until January 14, 2020.

Microsoft released Windows 7 back in 2009 and, despite the fact that arrived two years ago, its elder brother still holds more than half of the global operating system market. Unfortunately, mainstream support for this notorious operating system ended yesterday, but Microsoft will cease to provide any form of update to Windows 7 in early 2020.

Since the release of Windows 7 and until yesterday, Microsoft has provided free security and non-security updates, as well as telephone support. Since the product has just entered its extended support period, it will only get free security updates. Luckily, the downgrade rights remain the same so anyone with a new Wndows 8 PC will be able to easily slide down to Windows 7 Professional or Vista Business.

With Windows 10 knocking at the door, the future looks grim for Windows 7. Microsoft already announced that Windows 10 will come with DirectX 12 as part of the operating system, the same way that Windows 7 integrated DirectX 10. Obviously, Windows 7 will not receive a DirectX 12 update, so gamers will be forced to move on to Windows 10. We will surely hear more about the upcoming Windows version, so stay tuned.

Working For Notebookcheck

Are you a techie who knows how to write? Then join our Team! Especially English native speakers welcome!

Currently wanted: 
News and Editorial Editor - Details here

Source(s)

static version load dynamic
Loading Comments
Comment on this article
Please share our article, every link counts!
> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > News > News Archive > Newsarchive 2015 01 > Mainstream support for Windows 7 ends
Codrut Nistor, 2015-01-14 (Update: 2015-01-14)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.