Thursday, July 17, 2014

End of Support for Windows 7 - No, They're not killing 7!

Last week the world went a bit nuts.  In the wake of ending support for Windows XP, some support deadlines were published about ending support for other operating systems, including Windows 7.  Journalists who didn't care or couldn't be bothered researching this created a lot of clickbait stories about Windows 7 becoming unsupported.  This isn't the case, in fact Windows 7 will be supported from a security standpoint for many years to come.

Windows 7 and Windows 2008 will end "mainstream support" in 2015.  Windows 2003 will suffer a similar fate to Windows XP very soon, and Office 2010 with certain service packs will be unsupported in October.

Don't take it from me though, ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley explains it on the Windows Weekly podcast, an excerpt of which is here:

If you've got Windows 7 or 2008, you can come down off the ledge now.

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