Windows 7 is Breathing its Last: Microsoft Reveals

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Microsoft launched Windows 7 in 2009 as its first step towards cloud computing and now the German operations of the company have announced that updates to the Windows variant will stop in January 2020, warning those still using it to move on to Windows 10.

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The company noted that Windows 7 can not move alongwith the requirements of the modern age hardware forever and it’s security protocol isn’t as secure as that of Windows 10.

Microsoft has officially notified its paid Windows 7 users that starting January 14, 2020, this version of Windows will stop receiving any security updates or technical assistance from Microsoft.

“Windows 7 comes slowly over the years. Today, it does not meet the requirements of modern technology, nor the high-security requirements of IT departments. As was the case with Windows XP earlier, companies should take early steps to avoid future risks or costs,” said Markus Nitschke, Head of Windows at Microsoft Deutschland.

The company pointed out that they’re pulling support from Windows 7 in the coming three years due to the high cost of maintenance plus since a better and more secure version of Windows 10 is available, they’re trying to push companies towards accepting it for mass operations.

Two years ago, Microsoft pulled the plug on the basic support for Windows 7 — after five years of providing it — and since then no new functionality has been added, except security features updates.

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“Windows 7 is based on long-outdated security architectures. Three years before the end of the support, corporate customers, in particular, should deal with the transition to a modern operating system,” Microsoft stated.

The company also claims that in order for them to be able to provide the best security solutions to avoid a breach in their Windows platform, they urge corporates and users alike to upgrade to Windows 10.

The new features that Windows 10 will be getting pending its Creators update include Windows Hello Biometric login, AppContainer sandboxing technology and Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection with ‘Post-breach solution’.

The company reiterated saying that new software works best when put together with new hardware and Windows 7 is getting outdated and hard to support with development in overall computing technology.

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