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No, this is not a news article, nor is it really intended to arouse much discussion (horray if it does, though).

Windows 7 will move out of mainstream support on January 13th, 2015. This means that only critical security updates will be available for it at that time. Hotfixes and performance updates will no longer be released. (What exactly is the difference between mainstream and extended support?)

I'm posting this pre-emptively because I KNOW that when November/December rolls around, numerous "news" sites will begin posting all sorts of things like "Microsoft Abandons Windows 7 users" or hear such foolishness as "Microsoft is so greedy and wants us all to have to buy Windows 8" or something about Metro, etc.

This has always been the plan. Operating systems from Microsoft get 5 years of mainstream support and 5 years of extended support. This was the plan when they first sold Windows 7, and will remain so unless they decide to extend it.

/pre-emptive rant.
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post #2 of 18
Win7 has been out for almost 5 years? wow.
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I think a five year span is reasonable. Especially if Windows 9 is out by then. Considering the number XP machines still in the environment at my work place I expect 7 will be around at least another 5 years. Probably more than that.
 
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post #4 of 18
XP SP3's "mainstream support" ended in 2009, some ~8 years after the original OS was launched.

Windows 7 will very likely follow the same path that XP did; support (mainstream or extended) will be extended repeatedly. This will hold especially true if Windows 9 is a bust.
    
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I doubt they'll extend mainstream support on Win7, but I wouldn't be surprised if it gets another year or two of security updates beyond 2020. They extended the drop-dead date for both Windows 98 and XP, and Windows 7 is their "spiritual successor" as the baseline version of Windows that everyone trusts and runs.

The extended support date is really the only one that matters, anyway. All the mainstream date means is that they won't re-code the OS anymore to backport enhancements that were developed later on, or added to later versions of Windows. The last time that mattered was with Vista, and Microsoft actually did backport the Win7 improvements into Vista, making Vista no longer a steaming pile of suck. Even Vista is still in extended support until April of 2017.
     
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Let's just hope that Win 9 is Win 8 without Metro; Win 7 with the under-the-hood improvements. Then, who cares.

As a teacher, XP is still being used on school's machines. Having said that, I work at 'privileged' (£30,000 p/a fees) schools where students have MBPs / Airs etc.
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Originally Posted by coachmark2 View Post

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No, this is not a news article, nor is it really intended to arouse much discussion (horray if it does, though).

Windows 7 will move out of mainstream support on January 13th, 2015. This means that only critical security updates will be available for it at that time. Hotfixes and performance updates will no longer be released.

I'm posting this pre-emptively because I KNOW that when November/December rolls around, numerous "news" sites will begin posting all sorts of things like "Microsoft Abandons Windows 7 users" or hear such foolishness as "Microsoft is so greedy and wants us all to have to buy Windows 8" or something about Metro, etc.

This has always been the plan. Operating systems from Microsoft get 5 years of mainstream support and 5 years of extended support. This was the plan when they first sold Windows 7, and will remain so unless they decide to extend it.

/pre-emptive rant.

what does this mean exactly? it makes it sound like if theres windows 7 problems they wont give out patches or anything.
will this be a problem for windows 7 users?
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what does this mean exactly? it makes it sound like if theres windows 7 problems they wont give out patches or anything.
will this be a problem for windows 7 users?

This page ought to answer your questions: http://support.microsoft.com/gp/lifepolicy

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will this be a problem for windows 7 users?
No more than it's been a problem for XP users for the last several years...
     
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Just the aggressive threadment of microsoft forcing us to buy windows 8. Like they did as always to get more money from their next version. Now they will slowly starting makeing hypocrits posts about how unstable is windows 7 like they did in the past weeks with xp. I don't care if windows 7 runs out of support. Windows 8 is just plain crap o-o with metro. It should be renamed to ms window because the multitasking got killed with that fullscreen apps mad.gif But yeah metro you got my love, here have a meme..




If the next version will be a fail again I'm fully gonna switch to linux.
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