Windows 7 End of Mainstream Support Implications

I have been asked a couple of times about end of Mainstream support for Windows 7

Regarding Windows 7:

January 12, 2015 – Microsoft will stop mainstream support for Windows 7

January 14, 2020 – Windows 7 extended support ends

http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/search/default.aspx?alpha=windows+7

What does end of mainstream support mean?

You still get the monthly updates and fixes. You just can’t call Microsoft for free support anymore. It also means Windows 7 won’t receive any new features. All new features go to Windows 8.1 and 10.

For enterprise users, it’s business as usual. Microsoft service and support contracts don’t change. The only impact on IT will be the lack of new feature support.

What are some of the new technologies that Windows 7 will not support?

Couple I can think of include: 4K resolution DirectX12

 

Hopefully this helps clarify some of the questions…

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