Microsoft has informed Windows 7 users that operating system support is nearing its end.
"After ten years, Windows 7 support expires on January 14, 2020," the software giant said. But the end of Windows 7 will not be easy. It was released in 2009 and remains one of the most widely used operating systems in the world.
"Windows 7 is still very popular," said Kurt Mackie, senior news producer at Converge360, who publishes Redmond Magazine, in an email to Fox News.
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And its popularity does not seem to fade. According to Computerworld, Windows 7 won users in February, citing numbers from Net Applications tracking the number of operating systems.
In February, Windows 7 had about 38 percent of all PCs and about 44 percent of all Windows operating systems number of applications, according to Net.
This is close to the share of Windows 10, which fell slightly in February and ended at the end of the month with about 40 percent of all PCs and 46 percent of all PCs with Windows.
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"Windows 7 is still running, but Microsoft is no longer issuing free updates, including security patches." Mackie of Converge360 said:
This could make Windows 7 PCs extremely vulnerable. "Once errors are publicly known in Windows 7, they are often used for attacks. However, after the date of January 2020, Microsoft will most likely not address this vulnerability for most users. "
In fact, Microsoft says on its support page," While you can continue using your PC with Windows 7 without software and security updates, there's a greater risk of viruses and malware, "says Microsoft.
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Windows 7 users have the option to pay Microsoft for software patches that Windows calls Windows 7 enhanced security updates, but that's not cheap and the price will increase from year to year, and then paid patches will finally expire after three years.