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Microsoft Reduces Windows 7 And 8 Support

Jan 19, 2016 02:43 AM EST

Microsoft announced that the company will  lessen the support extended to users working on devices running Windows 7 and 8 as they provide service to the increasing number of people upgrading to Windows 10.

Windows 10 is designed as an upgrade for Microsoft’s enterprise customers, now totalling to more than 22 million devices running Windows 10 across the enterprise as well as education customers since its release on July 29, 2015, says Microsoft on its Windows Blog.  Windows 10, according to a Windows Insider, “combines the strength of Windows 7 and 8.” With an upgraded version of Windows to Windows 10, users may expect “breakthroughs in performance, imaging, connectivity, power, graphics, and more as the Windows platform evolves with them.”

The report also impressed that Microsoft is particularly anticipating their users’ response on their use of their device that will now be running on Windows 10 OS. Microsoft is specifically excited about their new 6th generation Intel Core processors (code named “Skylake”). The post also discloses that compared to Windows 7 PC’s, Skylake when combined with Windows 10, enables up to 30x better graphics as well as 3x the battery life, and with the unparalleled security of Credential Guard using silicon supported virtualization.

To do that, Microsoft will deliver a list of specific new Skylake devices that will support to run Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. This will ensure that Microsoft’s users can upgrade to the new devices while preparing for a Windows 10 upgrade.

As a result of this upgrade, Microsoft will end mainstream support for Windows 7 on Jan. 13, 2015 while extended support ends on Jan. 14, 2020. As for Windows 8 users, end of mainstream support will be on Jan. 9, 2018 while the end of extended support for users of this OS ends on Jan. 10, 2023.

To continue to enjoy Microsoft support on these platforms, this will mean that those with the technical resolve may need to move to Linux and exchange their essential programs while those with the funds will need to move to Apple and replace their essential programs. For everyone else to enjoy Microsoft’s continuous support, upgrade to Windows 10.

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