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Another Operating System bites the dust as Microsoft pulls the plug on Windows 7

There are many Operating Systems which are around right now. There are many other older operating systems which are still strong and have a huge presence in the market currently. The operating system is something which epitomizes your experience as a user and you have every kind of data on it. The security provided by the developer is very important. However, providing that security and constantly updating the system is very tedious and expensive.

When a developer needs to provide support to an older operating system, it has to go through a lot of tedious tasks. Apart from this, these tasks cost a lot of money and man-hours. Let us take an example of Microsoft, there are still 52% of businesses which run on Windows XP. The support for Windows XP ended in April 2014. Not only Windows XP but there are computers which run on Windows Vista as well. Vista’s support ended in April of 2017. This is because the operating systems were too old and there were newer operating systems which were taking their place. It was too expensive for Microsoft to keep supporting all their operating systems.

That time of ending support to another operating system is upon Microsoft. It has announced that a year from now, it is going to end all the support for Windows 7. The news doesn’t come as a shock as Windows 10 is now well and truly spread across the globe. Microsoft can now stop their support for another older but stable version of Windows. The announcement said that the total support will stop from January 14, 2020.

Microsoft will stop providing support to the Windows 7 users and there will be no updates, security support, software updates or any other feature updates for Windows 7. This will mean that there will be vulnerabilities and people will look to exploit those. No patches will be sent by Microsoft and this will leave the system open for hackers to exploit. Microsoft has asked the users to shift to Windows 10 as soon as possible. That said, people will still be able to buy and install windows after January 2020 but they will not get the updates of any kind.

Windows 7 was released in 2009 in the month of October. People then did not get an update online but had to buy it from the store. Windows 7 was released after Windows Vista which was not very well received by the users. This will mark the end of another iconic operating system from Microsoft.

-Unmesh Phule

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