Showing posts with label Windows 7. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Windows 7. Show all posts

Friday, 16 January 2015

Microsoft ends mainstream support for Windows 7

By Sarah Morgan

Mainstream support for Windows 7, the world’s most popular operating system, ended on Tuesday.

Windows 7 is now entering an extended support phase that will continue until at least January 14 2020. After this January date it will take its place aside the now unsupported Windows XP operating system.

What is Extended Support? 

On the 13 January 2015, Windows 7 entered Extended Support. That means support for users will now consist solely of security updates. 

Users will now miss out on free incident support, warranty claims, fixes for non-security bugs, design changes and feature requests. Users will also no longer receive new features or be able to call Microsoft for free tech support regarding issues with the OS.

Essentially, Windows 7 will not be receiving any more significant updates, though security vulnerabilities will still be dealt with. There’s nothing to worry about, so long as you regularly run Windows Update

You can also take a look at the Windows Lifecycle page for additional upcoming sale and support dates covering Microsoft’s desktop operating systems. 

The world’s most popular operating system 

In October 2014 Microsoft ceased shipping Windows 7 to retailers. But despite the operating system now only being available to consumers whilst stocks last, it remains the world’s most popular operating system with over 50% market share. The release of Windows 8 didn’t do much to damage this market share but that’s set to change with the release of Windows 10.

If you’re sticking to an older Windows OS, 2015 is set to be the year to upgrade. Windows 10 is around the corner and with it comes the return of the start menu, as well as a host of other improvements. And if you are running Windows 8, you’ll be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free

Find out more about what to expect from Windows 10 here.

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About the Author:        
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Monday, 4 February 2013

Microsoft Technology Posters - Windows Seven


Welcome to the fifth and final in the series of Microsoft Technology Posters. In case you’re wondering, the guy on the left is Bill Gates (at least that’s what the designer told me, I’m still skeptical).

There are many Technology Critics out there of the opinion that the Windows 7 OS committed more than just 7 deadly sins. “Thou shalt not remove a device without the Safely Remove Hardware tool”, no wait… that’s more like the Ten Commandments. Anyway, I for one believe Windows 7 was a leap forward, building on largely forgotten stepping stone Vista OS. It’s no coincidence that Windows 7 is now the most popular PC OS with 44% of the market share according to

Windows 7 brought about a new era in ease. You even notice and miss the smallest of details when using the older OS’s. Like dragging a window to the right, left or top to make it fit. Pinning applications to the task bar. That useful preview screen you get when you hover the mouse over the task bar etc.

Enjoy the last installment in the Microsoft Movies Technology Posters:

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About the Author:
Edward is a member of the Marketing team overseeing the Content Strategy and SEO for Firebrand Training's portfolio of websites.