Windows 7 Exits Mainstream Support: Need Not Worry Yet
Microsoft’s popular Operating System, Windows 7 is coming to an end. Microsoft has announced that Windows 7 will exit the Mainstream Support and will be entering the Extended Support phase from January 13, 2015. This doesn’t mean that Windows 7 will not be functional from the said date. It simply means that the Operating System will not receive any new features but will obtain security fixes until 2020. All the versions of Windows 7 will be entering the Extended Support phase from the said date.
The Mainstream Support phase lasts for five years from the date of launch. This simply means that the Company will be providing security fixes along with updates for the said Operating System free of cost.
After the end of Mainstream Support phase, the Operating System will be entering the Extended Support phase, where no new requests for design change or new features raised by developers will be entertained by Microsoft.
After five years of Extended Support phase, the Operating System will reach the end of the phase where Microsoft will not provide any updates or security fixes. It means that the life span of that particular Operating System has come to an end. Microsoft’s Windows XP is a classic example of such an Operating System which completed its life cycle and ended the Extended Support phase in April 2014. Windows 7 is scheduled to reach the end of the Extended Support in January 2020.
Though Windows 7 will not be issued with any features from henceforth but organizations that have signed support contracts will be provided with stability and reliability updates.
When one Operating System moves away from the grid it is replaced by another one. Like in case of Windows XP, this was replaced by Windows 7.Now it’s time for Windows 7 to move away and it will be replaced by another Operating System, which is most probably Windows 10. The upgrade for which will be released this fall.
Though Windows 7 has come to its middle age but Microsoft still continues to let OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) to sell personal computers that run on the Business Edition of this Operating System. And it is mainly because of the failure of Windows 8 which has failed to win the minds and hearts of enterprises.
Microsoft still did not schedule an end date for the OEM sales of computers that are run on Windows 7 Professional. But with a promise of 12 months notice the computers running on Windows 7 Professional can still be sold until early January 2016.