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Windows 7 End of Life


When was Windows 7 launched by Microsoft? If you don’t know the answer then read on.

Windows 7 has been a staple of corporate computing for many years. Surviving two successive operating system launches from Microsoft, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, Windows 7 has provided a stable and flexible platform for corporate computing. If Windows 7 is so good, why is Microsoft ending support for it?

One could be skeptical and say it is to force upgrades and therefore make more money. To some extent, this is a true statement. Another more important reason is that Windows 7’s software architecture limited Microsoft’s ability to support both mobile and cloud computing.  Enter Windows 10 operating system that spans the desktop and mobile computing market with features built-in for the cloud. In order to achieve Microsoft’s cloud vision, the Windows 7 operating system needs to be replaced.

Microsoft is ending support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. What does this mean? It means that Microsoft will no longer be distributing “patches” to fix program and security issues identified in Windows 7. Every day after January 14, 2020, the risk to owners of Windows 7 computers goes up. A simple way to calculate the risk is start at zero on January 14, 2020 and add 2 every week. By the end of 2020, the risk factor on Windows 7 would equal 100, meaning security holes would have been identified, documented and exploited by criminals that have no fixes. Ransomware or other malicious software that finds its way to a Windows 7 computer could quickly compromise it. The main factor in successful attacks against computers by criminals is lack of patching on the computer. For regulated industries like healthcare or companies covered by Payment Card Industry requirements, the switch to Windows 10 is mandatory to remain in compliance. 

The launch of Windows 8 introduced the world to Microsoft’s vision of touch computing. Broadly rejected by the market, Windows 8 quickly became Windows 8.1 followed by Windows 10. Windows 10 brought back the Windows 7 desktop user experience that Windows 8 took away. By combining the new features, Microsoft needed to support mobile computing and the cloud, with the user’s ability to maintain the beloved Windows 7 desktop - Microsoft hit on a winning combination.  For anyone hesitant to move to Windows 10 because they only have seen the tile user interface, be assured that Windows 10 can be configured to enter a Windows 7 desktop mode.

Ready for the answer on Windows 7’s birth date?  Windows 7 was launched by Microsoft on October 22, 2009.

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