Windows 7 made its debut on July 22 2009. It is hard to think that it has already been 6 years since the update to Vista was launched. Just over 2 years ago Microsoft released Windows 8 followed up by a small update to Windows 8.1 a few short months back. Now we are nearing the release of a revamp with Windows 10 and the currently available Windows 10 preview build. As with all thing tech, there is a shelf life and Windows 7 official mainstream support from Microsoft has reached that point as off today.
Don’t go getting your panties in a bunch though. The exit of mainstream support just means you will lose out on free support by phone and Microsoft won’t be investing any more time or money into new features for it. Oh, and hardware warranty claims go bye bye too. While mainstream support has ended, extended support is still alive and well through January 14 2020. Extended support will still deliver security patch updates to keep your PC safe. The end of mainstream support carriers for the entire Windows 7 product line from Enterprise down to Home Basic and over to embedded systems.
On the business side of things it appears not much will be changing. The end of service has no bearing on downgrade rights on business edition of Windows. The deadline doesn’t shut down PC sales that are still shipping with Windows 7 Pro pre-installed. Microsoft officials have said they will provide a one year notice prior to end-of-sales dates. A few short months ago in October Microsoft quit providing their PC partners with copies of Home Basic, Home Premium and Ultimate and OEM’s are advised to not replenish any stock with any of those variants of Windows 7 other than Windows 7 Pro.
According to numbers from Net Applications, Windows 7, as of November 2014, still accounted for just over 56% market share with it climbing over Q3 and Q4. Which I find rather funny.
I am personally still a Windows 7 user. Windows 8 and 8.1 just didn’t do anything for me. I was annoyed when I used it. I have yet to give Windows 10 preview a run, but I am hearing good things about it from associates who were also big on 7, but couldn’t pull the trigger on Windows 8. Maybe they will get me to convert. Luckily I have 5 more years of security patches before I have to think about it.