Microsoft announces Windows 7 take down of support via Windows Update

Microsoft started announcing end of Windows 7 support from 14th January 2020 and are releasing a Windows Update to all Windows 7 users to notify the users for the same.

They are giving assurance that all Windows 7 users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 before the support ends. Upgrade process is well under way, but help is still at hand for the millions of Windows 7 users.

With the official Windows 7 End of Life set for January 14 2020, companies and consumers still running the aged software still have around ten months remaining to upgrade, and Microsoft is ready to assist the process any way it can.

A new Microsoft update released today will see Windows 7 users reminded of the 10-year-old software's impending end, and the need to upgrade to the latest version as soon as possible.Microsoft’s end of support date means that Windows 7 users will no longer receive security updates, and the company wants consumers to upgrade to Windows 10 PCs instead. While the notification doesn’t mention Windows 10, Microsoft links to a new Windows 7 site that encourages consumers to upgrade their PCs.

Microsoft is set to start nudging Windows 7 users to upgrade soon, with pop-up notifications informing the imminent end of life due to start soon.

But for those companies that need to remain on Windows 7 a little longer than next January (such as those needing to address certain compliance regulations), Microsoft will still provide support for up to three years - although you will need to pay.

Microsoft has also this week revealed Windows Virtual Desktop, which can provide another option, allowing organisations to run Windows 7 virtual apps and desktops for three years after the deadline without paying support. But Microsoft is also looking to make the upgrade process quicker and easier for Windows 7 organisations through a variety of methods.

Realising that the biggest worry organisations have with upgrading is compatibility, the company has already launched the Desktop Aperture program, which looks to help solve possible compatibility issues with Windows 7 apps for Windows 10. Companies concerned they may have any problems can talk directly to Microsoft to solve issues - whether that’s with their app, or Windows itself.

Microsoft revealed earlier this month that these notifications would arrive on Windows 7, but the company says it will only be displayed a “handful” of times during 2019. The notifications will stop once Windows 7 support ends in January, or if you select “do not remind again” on the notification. Microsoft’s previous Windows 10 upgrade notifications irritated a number of Windows users, and the company has clearly learned to respect that people want to hide them.
Windows 10 is still edging closer to Microsoft’s goal of having it installed on 1 billion devices. The Windows 7 upgrade cycle will help push Windows 10 further, and it recently passed Windows 7 in market share earlier this year. Windows 10 is now running on more than 800 million devices.

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