As much as users like to think that tech products will live forever, they usually don’t. Batteries eventually need replacing, wires fail, and software loses support. This week Microsoft is letting customers know support sunsets are quickly approaching for some major products, including Windows 7.
What Microsoft calls “Mainstream Support” ends for Windows 7 on January 13, 2015. Basically, Mainstream Support is what you’re used to when you’re using an up-to-date operating system. It’s the updates and tweaks that keep the system secure and operating well. After Microsoft transitions software off of Mainstream Support and into Extended Support, those programs still receive free security updates for 5 years, but other major changes and hotfixes become paid upgrades.
You’ll still be able to use Windows 7, but as we’ve seen recently with Windows XP, the transition from Mainstream Support to Extended Support is the first sign that you should really plan on transitioning to a more up-to-date system.
The other software that Microsoft has laid out a transition plan for includes Windows Server 2008, Dynamics C5 2010 and Windows Phone 7.8. For a full list of the affected software and the dates Mainstream Support ends, visit Microsoft’s Support site.
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