Microsoft has ended the mainstream support for Windows 7 today, which means future support for those who run the aging operating system will need to pay to receive help. That does mean though that in addition to no longer offering support for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) should users need assistance, Microsoft will also stop offering additions to the operating system. That means for anyone who might be hoping for additions or changes to the operating system will either have to upgrade to Windows 8 – which is unlikely at this point – or wait for Windows 10 to be released.
Now, there are several things to note heading into the deadline for mainstream support ending. While users may not have the option to receive free support – they can still pay for support. That means, buying an extended support package that typically is not overly costly. However, consumers should be warned that this does not mean the end of Windows 7 as we know it. Microsoft will not add new features, but they will be releasing security patches until 2020 under Extended Support. That means for those users who do still love their Windows 7 and feel like they’re being forgotten, the company is simply shifting their focus away from Windows 7 now, as they are preparing the next major Windows release.
Right now, Windows 7 for many was the only solution since Windows 8 was such a widely-regarded failure. The operating system was said to forget about their key demographic and those enterprise users who are so important to Microsoft’s bottom line. In the meantime, though, the company is planning an event for January 21st that will focus on showcasing the new and exciting consumer-driven features of Windows 10. The company will also be taking this opportunity on the 21st to showcase the features that will be packed inside “Windows 10 Mobile,” as Microsoft is calling it internally. This will be the operating system that will be found in Windows phones moving forward – as the company puts more focus and emphasis on merging the two platforms, and making them more appealing to the enterprise users who are undeniably important to Microsoft as a personal computing company.
Now that traditional support has ended for Windows 7 SP1, with the number of users still using Windows 7, and you can still buy a computer with Windows 8.1 Pro and downgrade to Windows 7 Professional because Microsoft has not yet announced the end-of-sales date. From now, it will be interesting to see just how well the company performs over the course of the next several months – as Windows 10 becomes more known.