Microsoft to start informing Windows 7 users about the OS end of support

Windows 7

Microsoft last year announced that it will stop pushing out
cumulative updates to Windows 7 on January 14, 2020, and there
will be no support or service updates pushed after the
deadline. As the end of support, the deadline is approaching,
Microsoft is planning to inform Windows 7 via notifications.

Today, Microsoft revealed that customers who are still using
Windows 7 will start receiving a notification about the OS end
of support soon.

The license customers will, however, be able to pay for the
updates on Windows 7 but for regular users, they will have to
upgrade to the latest version after the said date in order to
remain secure.

Currently, Windows 7 accounts for around 40 percent of the
market share of all Windows PCs which would become obsolete and
open to attackers after the January 14, 2020 deadline.

Microsoft has also confirmed that the friendly warning pop-ups
may show up once in a while but users will have the option to
permanently dismiss the notifications. The pop up will provide
details of what the users need to do after the deadline.

“Beginning next month, if you are a Windows 7 customer, you can
expect to see a notification appear on your Windows 7 PC. This
is a courtesy reminder that you can expect to see a handful of
times in 2019,” Microsoft explains.

Microsoft says that sending notifications to Windows 7 machines
in 2019 may ensure a smooth transition.

“These notifications are designed to help provide information
only and if you would prefer not to receive them again, you’ll
be able to select an option for “do not notify me again,” and
we will not send you any further reminders. Microsoft
Corporate Vice President of Windows, Mark Barlow explains.

It looks like Microsoft won’t offer Windows 10 update to
Windows 7 users like it did when it launched Windows 10, which
would mean that they would need to buy the license to upgrade.

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