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Ruben Fields
January 15, 2019

Windows 7 is on its way out.

Microsoft does not intend on supporting Windows 7 forever, even if a legion of users still refuse to upgrade. The support will be "sold on a per-device basis and the price will increase each year" for Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise-installed systems, Microsoft said. "This means distributing increasingly frequent updates across their systems - something many IT departments will find impossible due to outdated infrastructure".

Mainstream support for Windows 7 ended back in January 2015, but extended support, whereby Microsoft continues to deliver updates and fixes any vulnerabilities in the OS, runs for a further five years.

Windows 7 was released in 2009 and is still one of the most widely used desktop operating systems.

The risks of exploits aimed at vulnerabilities in Windows 7 will increase substantially, especially because Windows versions share a large part of the code, and numerous discovered security flaws affect more than just a specific product.

Kollective's new "Death of Windows 7" report examined the potential costs and security threats that could arise from continuing to use Windows 7 after the OS is no longer officially supported.

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Microsoft didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. The company is instead encouraging these users to upgrade their hardware to Windows 10, which starts at $139, or buy a new PC.

For Microsoft, the Windows 7 end of support is an opportunity to focus nearly entirely on Windows 10.

Windows 7 without service packs is no longer supported by Microsoft since April 9, 2013.

Are you and/or your business still running Windows 7?

Microsoft recommends customers to switch to Windows 10 during the remaining months until the January 2020 target, and enterprises should begin planning this transition in advance, as their migration typically requires more resources and takes more time.

The one-third of Windows users on 7 won't evaporate completely, though.

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