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Fairwell Windows 7 and Thank You

Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows 7 back in January 13, 2015, which meant new features stopped being added and at the time, entered its extended support phase, where only necessary patches and fixes were released.

As expected, today, January 14, 2020, marks the official end of support for Windows 7. It has been 10 years since its introduction.

Unless you are a business that pays for extended support (aka security updates for a year), a rare security “out-of-band” patch is released, Microsoft will no longer be offering updates or security fixes for the old operating system, and the last patch for it will be released today.

There are many Windows 7 devices out there still. In fact, StatCounter in their December 2019 report of Desktop Windows Version Market Share Worldwide , estimates Windows 7 holds a 26.8% market share worldwide and 18% in the United States.

If for any reason you still must support Windows 7 in your environment, check out Windows 7 Beyond The Deadline blog post for available options.

Thank you Windows 7 you have served us well.

Today also marks the end of life for Windows Server 2008 R2

A full-screen full-screen notification will warn that “your Windows 7 PC is out of support,” and it will start appearing on January 15th, the day after support ends.