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Goodbye Win7! Microsoft officially stops Windows 7 operating system updates

Microsoft’s official announcement from today (January 14, 2020); The company will officially stop extended support for Windows 7 (hereinafter referred to as Win7). This means that Microsoft will no longer provide Win7 systems except for individual paying users. Microsoft did not forget to remind users to upgrade to Windows 10 (hereinafter referred to as Win10) system as soon as possible.

On October 22, 2008, Microsoft officially released the Win7 operating system. At the beginning of its listing, Microsoft promised to provide support for 10 years of products. This operating system has been running on most computers for 11 years and 2 months. Time has proved that this operating system is the most successful one in the Windows camp.

A report released by market research agency Netmarketshare in early January shows that in December 2019, the market share of Win10 system reached 54.62%, while Win7 ranked second with 26.64%.

This proportion is higher in China. According to the statistics report of Tencent, the current market share of Win7 systems in the domestic market has reached about 60% (as of October 2019, the domestic Win7 market share is 57%), which is far higher than Win10. The latter share is hovering at 20%.

Where is the operating system with a large user base?

On the one side, Microsoft reminded me that in a previous patch, Microsoft had deployed the necessary updates. A full-screen notification will be sent at 12 noon every day to remind users to update the system. (Users can click “No more reminders” to completely Ignore the notification). The other side is the major software vendors’ commitment to Win7. Google promises users that it will provide at least 18 months of maintenance for the Chrome browser on Windows 7.

Although Win7 will finally say goodbye to users, it will not be January 14-the user base is only part of the reason. More importantly, Microsoft’s own security protection software on the Win7 platform will not be caused by the operating system stopping updating. Stop changing at the same time:

In Microsoft’s FAQ on Windows 7 Extended Security Update, Microsoft earlier stated that MSE will stop supporting with Windows 7 on January 14, 2020, saying:

Will Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) continue to protect my computer after support ends?

No, your Windows 7 computer is not protected by MSE after January 14, 2020. MSE is unique to Windows 7 and follows the same lifecycle support date.

Earlier, even hackers wrote cracking software based on this mechanism, and they wanted to save the country so that users who did not purchase the software can also use MSE to renew their Win7 lives.

In addition, Office 365 ProPlus subscribers running on Win7 systems can still receive regular security updates for up to 3 years.

However, if you want to experience the latest features, you must upgrade the Windows 10 operating system-in the early days of the Windows 10 operating system, Microsoft once offered the opportunity to upgrade Windows 10 for free. Even “pirated” Win7 has the opportunity to “wash”, at that time even various computer housekeepers launched a service to upgrade the system for free.

Unfortunately, this service has now been stopped, and current users need to pay again if they want to upgrade to the genuine Windows 10 system. Microsoft, in fact, also recommends those who still use Win7 operating system to buy new devices, because Microsoft’s hardware is not enough to give users a better Win10 experience.

As the operating system with the largest number of users of Microsoft, Win7 has completed its mission. Just like the previous Windows XP, Microsoft is also determined to push its own Win10 system to every computer. Unfortunately, the current Win7 operating system accounts Than still a lot.

Of course, there are considerations for users who want to maintain a stable version of the system, but on the other hand, the new version of Windows system still needs to pay is also one of the main reasons hindering the growth of Windows 10 market share. After all, some of Win7 users must be enterprise-level users, and the cost of the procurement system is certainly not too low.

In this regard, Apple’s macOS is slightly more optimistic: although it and the Linux operating system together account for less than 4%, macOS users can upgrade to the latest version of the operating system for free. In the past, buy-out Office software can provide subscription-based services. Maybe Microsoft also needs to consider whether the operating system after Windows 10 needs to change to a fee model.

In any case, the official suspension of the Win7 operating system means the end of an era.

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