Baku, Azerbaijan, May 3 Trend: Microsoft has announced it will discontinue support for the Windows 7 operating system, which had been supported for 10 years since October 22, 2009. Support for Windows 7 will be discontinued on January 14, 2020, Trend reports referring to Microsoft’s representative office in Azerbaijan. Starting from April 18 of the current year, users have been receiving notifications in order to be informed about future changes. Users can also choose not to receive notifications. It is worth noting that the Windows 7 operating system will continue to work, but users will not receive security notifications from Microsoft. This means that old PCs will be unprotected from viruses and remain vulnerable. In addition, Microsoft will not provide technical support for Windows 7. The Desktop App Assure service offered by Microsoft FastTrack is activated to facilitate this transition. This service fixes any problems that may arise with Windows 10 and Office 365ProPlus. … [Read more...] about Microsoft to discontinue support for Windows 7 operating system
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Microsoft is set to pull the plug on Windows 7 in just eight months time, but dedicated users of the 10-year-old operating system are still refusing to upgrade. The company has confirmed that Windows 7 support will end on 14 January 2020. This doesn't mean your computer will suddenly stop working - Windows will continue to start and run - but you will no longer receive software updates, including security updates, from Microsoft. As a result, PCs that are still running the old operating system after the January deadline will be more vulnerable to viruses and other malware. Microsoft will also stop offering technical assistance for Windows 7 customers after that date. The company is strongly urging Windows 7 users to upgrade to Windows 10 sometime before January 2020, to avoid a situation where they need service or support that is no longer available. It recently started turning up the pressure, with pop-up messages informing users in no uncertain terms that "support for Windows 7 is … [Read more...] about Windows 7 support ends next year
Windows 10 is arguably the most revolutionary version of Microsoft’s operating system ever. The software now boasts more than 39 percent of the marketshare for desktop operating systems, as of December last year. But some security-conscious Windows users remain unsure whether it is worth upgrading from Windows 7. Microsoft claims Windows 10's security features can protect both consumers and businesses from the latest ransomware attacks that struck Windows 7 and earlier versions of Microsoft's operating system. Security vendor Webroot reviewed the quantity of malware infections on Windows 10 and Windows 7 machines running its antivirus last year and found Windows 10 was announced as being ”twice as secure" as Windows 7. Each Windows 10 machine on average had 0.04 malware files present, compared with 0.08 on those using Windows 7. And 15 percent of all files it identified as malware were on Windows 10 machines, while 63 percent of confirmed malware was on Windows 7. The … [Read more...] about Windows 10: Is Windows 10 more secure than Windows 7? Is it worth the upgrade?
Microsoft has started rolling out an update to Windows 7 that will notify existing users about the end of the support. The software maker is stopping support of Windows 7 on January 14th, 2020, and it’s now starting to warn about this cutoff date. Microsoft is using a notification to warn Windows 7 users, similar to the prompts the company used to get people to upgrade to Windows 7, Trend reports citing The Verge. Microsoft’s end of support date means that Windows 7 users will no longer receive security updates, and the company wants consumers to upgrade to Windows 10 PCs instead. While the notification doesn’t mention Windows 10, Microsoft links to a new Windows 7 site that encourages consumers to upgrade their PCs. Microsoft revealed earlier this month that these notifications would arrive on Windows 7, but the company says it will only be displayed a “handful” of times during 2019. The notifications will stop once Windows 7 support ends in January, or … [Read more...] about Microsoft starts notifying Windows 7 users about end of support
When this happens, it's open season for viruses and malware on Windows 7 laptops and PCs - Microsoft will not issue protection patches. They'll only protect Windows 10, the current system. In Ireland, around a third of PCs use Windows 7. This includes business and public sector machines. It includes hospitals, schools, utility companies, tax offices and government departments. Even though it takes a year for a large state body or enterprise to migrate from Windows 7 to Windows 10, many of these organisations look likely to miss the January 2020 deadline. When they do, taxpayers (or shareholders) will then have to pay thousands, or hundreds of thousands of euros, to Microsoft in special 'extended support' security fees if they don't want to be sitting ducks for malware attacks. Microsoft won't officially yet say what these fees are. But the company is reportedly briefing its enterprise customers at present, details of which have leaked. And the cost looks a little scary. For Windows 7 … [Read more...] about Adrian Weckler: ‘Beware Windows 7 timebomb’