Microsoft has launched a patch that will alert Windows 7 users that security updates will be shut down very soon.
The initial appearance of this patch appeared only yesterday, and according to the TechCrunch website it informs users of the Windows 7 operating system that from January 14, 2020, no security vulnerabilities and software vulnerabilities will be issued by Microsoft.
This final date comes ten years from the initial launch of Windows 7 in 2009, five years before the company’s newest operating system, Windows 10, was introduced. Microsoft’s decision to cease issuing security updates is part of the wider design that wants to move of users to the latest version of its software, offering greater security and protection of data from cyber attacks.
Bulk notifications to Windows 7 users will begin on April 18th. According to data collected by Net Applications, Windows 7 continues to hold a dominant position in the desktop operating system market with a share of up to 40%. By the deadline set by Microsoft, a countdown of 300 days begins.
It is worth noting, however, that corporate users will be able to extend their system security upgrades for a fee of course up to 2023.
For a long time, Microsoft has allowed system owners with Windows 7 to be upgraded for free in the newest Windows 10, as an attempt to encourage moving to the new version. However, it is true that in periods of serious cyber-attacks Microsoft has even shielded users of older systems.
Let’s remind you that only in 2017 security updates have been issued for Windows XP, which had ceased to be supported three years earlier. It was the period of WannaCry’s attacks, a ransomware attack tool that has infected millions of computers worldwide.
The immediate successor to Windows 7, the Windows 8 operating system, will continue to be backed up with upgrades until January 10, 2023.