Microsoft has announced that it will end the security update of the Windows 7 OS on January 14, 2020. Although the company has already made this announcement in January, it has now created a support page that has links to all the information and frequently asked questions. Also, the Windows 7 users will now start seeing alerts for the end of the support. Microsoft’s move to end the security update support can be seen as a step to achieve its goal of having the Windows 10 installed on a billion devices.
“After 10 years of servicing, January 14, 2020, is the last day Microsoft will offer security updates for computers running Windows 7 SP1. This update enables reminders about Windows 7 end of support. More information about Windows 7 end of support can be found at www.microsoft.com/windows7 or you can review the frequently asked questions,” the company said in a post.
Although there is no direct reference to Windows 10, but the Redmond-based company has provided a link to a page that gives users a guide on how to update Windows 7 to Windows 10. The Verge says that Microsoft is edging closer to it goal of having the Windows 10 installed on 1 billion devices. The latest OS offering by the company is now running on more than 800 million devices.
So how will this impact you? If you really think that you do not need to make a switch to the latest OS, you can still use it for some more time. Microsoft will only stop giving you future updates and security patches. This means that your activated copy of Windows 7 will continue running just like before. Installation and activation of Windows 7 will continue to happen too. Needless to say that not having updates and security patches will make the operating system more vulnerable to cyber risks.