Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7 one year from yesterday

After that, you’re on your own; you won’t get updates or security fixes.

If you still use Windows 7, it may be time to consider an upgrade.

Microsoft Windows 7 is on its way out.

Starting January 14, 2020, exactly one year from Monday, Microsoft will no longer support Windows 7. That means no more updates or security fixes for the operating system.

“Changes and upgrades in technology are inevitable,” said Brad Anderson, corporate vice president for Microsoft 365, in a blog. “And there’s never been a better time to start putting in motion the things you need to do to shift your organization to a modern desktop with Microsoft 365.”

Microsoft will continue to provide security updates for Windows 7 to business customers that pay for support, according to ZDNet, but not individual users.

Windows 7 was released in 2009 and is still one of the most widely used desktop operating systems. Windows 10 finally overtook Windows 7 in the desktop market at the end of last year, according to ZDNet. NetMarketShare’s December 2018 report showed that 39.2 percent of the machines they collect data from used Windows 10, while 36.9 percent used Windows 7, according to ZDNet.

In 2012, the software giant decided to extend five more years of support for all editions of Windows 7 for individual users.

“Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7 one year from today”. CNET, US. Retrieved January 15, 2019.

Published by Patrick Brenner, Analyst

Patrick Brenner: Privacy and Security Analyst Patrick was catapulted into protecting doctors, the privacy of patient data, and the protection of patients' civil rights. His knowledge of HIPAA and deep understanding of cybersecurity as it pertains to healthcare combined with his expertise in implementing NIST guidelines has primed him for helping healthcare practices in positioning themselves with better HIPAA compliance. Patrick invented the Aligned Risk Management risk assessment process in close collaboration with numerous clients and colleagues seeking a modern and innovative HIPAA compliance solution. He designed the Aligned Risk Management Information System (ARMIS) and continues to oversee its development.