Windows 7 and 8 Support Deadline Changes

24th February 2016 by in category IT Support Blog, Microsoft Windows tagged as , , , , , with 0 and 11

Windows 10 push for more modern PCs sees managed decline of Windows 7 and 8 operating systems

At odds with previous practice, Microsoft has changed its support deadlines for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users. Though Microsoft has considered 2020 and 2023 as their respective cut-off points, the Redmond-based software giant has vouched for a 17 July 2017 curfew. Next July will see the end of support for both Windows 7 and 8.1, though only on most recent PCs and devices with the aging operating systems. This will affect PCs with the AMD ‘Bristol Ridge’, Intel ‘Kaby Rake’ and Qualcomm ‘8996’ chips. Apart from those on a soon-to-be-released list [by Microsoft], this will affect PCs with Skylake processors.

If your PC’s closer to five years old instead of five months old then fear not. Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will be supported till the 14 January 2020 and the 10 January 2023.

Windows 7 to 10 support timeline.

Therefore, what Microsoft is doing with Windows 7 and 8 users is ensuring that purchasers with newer PCs or mobile devices adopt Windows 10 earlier. At present, Windows 10 is free to download but only within the next six months. After the 29 July 2016, the offer ends, but Microsoft will nag you till you’ve installed it on your PC. (We at Tabard IT think you should act fast).

At present, Windows 7 is installed on 55% of the world’s PCs. Windows 8/8.1 has a 10% market share across all PCs and mobile devices. Windows 10 is reputed to have had an install base of 200 million machines. On the other hand, one source states that people are abandoning it in droves. Who’s right, and are they reverting to Windows 7? Or opting for Linux?

Though we do not have Linux consultants at Tabard IT, we also support Mac OS X systems as well as Windows 7. Which is handy to know if you wish to move to the Apple fold, or run Windows 7 and Mac OS X El Capitan on your Mac. Though we are Microsoft peeps at heart, our Apple expert Rufus Chapman is happy to answer any Apple related enquiries.

Tabard IT, 24 February 2016.

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