This is the last year that Microsoft releases free Windows 7 security updates


Microsoft will not forever support Windows 7, even if a legion of users refuses to upgrade. On the contrary, Windows 7 users have completed a last year of free security updates. Microsoft will no longer support Windows 7 PCs after January 14, 2020, except for companies willing to pay a fee. This has been known for quite some time, but it is worth remembering that Windows 7 users need to upgrade exactly one year before the security patches stop.

Windows 7 support will end on January 14, 2020. Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or technical support to Windows 7 operating systems running devices. That’s why today’s time to switch to Windows 10, “said Microsoft last September.

Windows 7 was released to the public on 22 October 2009 and Windows 10 was released almost five years later— Windows 10 began shipping to OEMs on 15 July 2015 and to the general public on 29 July. When it comes to the market for a decade, Windows 7 is still a popular operating system.

According to Net Applications, it took more than three years and Windows 10 finally eclipsed Windows 7 in use throughout 2018—Windows 10 finished the year with 39.22 percent of the desktop OS market, compared with Windows 7’s 36.9%. This gap is likely to increase as the year continues, although the numbers underline how popular Windows 7 is still. In the same way, it suggests that you hesitate to upgrade to Windows 10.

One area where Microsoft successfully pushed out Windows 10 is gaming. Steam’s hardware and software survey shows that more than 64 percent of gamers played on Windows 10 systems (mostly 64-bit and 32-bit) in December, compared to just under 28 percent on Windows 7 PCs. In any case, if you’re still on Windows 7, you’re in the early stages of your last year of free security updates.

Mark Funk
Mark Funk is an experienced information security specialist who works with enterprises to mature and improve their enterprise security programs. Previously, he worked as a security news reporter.