More than a decade ago, Microsoft announced Windows 7, and it was one of the most popular versions of the operating system of all time. In fact, many users skipped Windows 8 and 8.1 and went straight to Windows 10. Those who have not been able to part with their beloved operating system, which is clearly showing its age, must be strong now. Microsoft has discontinued support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.
Windows 7 has not received any feature updates since January 2020. For an additional fee, you could at least purchase an extended 3-year security support from Microsoft. This was critical for many companies that couldn’t make a quick transition to the newer operating system. Now Microsoft is finally pulling the plug on security updates. Users are only left with the choice of continuing to use Win 7 with possibly compromised security or updating to a newer version of the Microsoft operating system.
According to third-party data, around 10% of PCs worldwide are still running Windows 7. Windows 8.1, on the other hand, is installed on significantly fewer computers. Perhaps that’s why Microsoft is ending support for Windows 8.1 altogether and not expanding security support like it did with its predecessor.