Following the Shut down of the Windows 7 official forum in June last year, Microsoft has finally revealed the official date to end support for Windows 7. Microsoft’s made it known on the Windows lifecycle fact sheet that the company will end extended support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020.
This simply means that Microsoft won’t release any more updates and security fixes starting from January 14, 2020. With this news, Windows 7 users now have only one more year grace before Microsoft ends all support for Windows 7.
Microsoft also advised users to shift to a newer version lest they risk being targeted by malware or cyber-attacks due to the paucity of security fixes.
The company make it known that regular consumers extended support includes paid technical assistance, security updates, and paid non-security updates. Microsoft will not accept requests for warranty support, design changes, or new features during the extended support phase.
Furthermore, Silver lining for enterprise users which was announced in September last year, was made known that the company will offer paid Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) till January, 2023. However, the company will charge a hefty premium for it as the Extended Security Updates for enterprise customers will be doled out on a per-device basis and the pricing will increase with each passing year.
Also, the Extended Security Updates will be available for Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise users who sign up for volume licensing agreements.
If you falls in this windows 7 version, i think is time to upgrade and be secured instead of exposing your data to malware and cyber attacks.