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Windows 7 mainstream support has ended

posted Jan 13, 2015, 10:51 PM by Barny CK
Starting Tuesday 13 January, Microsoft has ended mainstream auto updates and free support for Windows 7, six years after releasing the ninth iteration of its well known operating system. However, extended support (meaning support with fees) shall continue till the end of 2020, and Microsoft will continue to provide security patches. Windows 7 was launched in 2009 in reaction to the problems faced with its predecessor the Windows Vista. Windows 7 quickly became popular, recording an adoption rate of 56%. In contrast, Windows 8's adoption rate currently stands at 9%. In anticipation of Microsoft's recently announced Windows 10, the company ended Window 7's retail sales last November but pre-installed version by computer manufacturers continues. This January 21st, Microsoft may hold an event to showcase Windows 10 which has been under development for 3 months.