Microsoft Bids Farewell To Security Updates For Its Windows 7 Professional and Enterprise Editions

Microsoft has closed the doors on adding extended security updates to its Windows 7 Professional and Enterprise editions.

The company mentioned how any new vulnerabilities that were important won’t be getting its support, starting today, January 10, 2023.

The first time we saw the tech giant roll out the leading operating system was way back in October 2009 but it appears that all good things have come to an end as it reaches the finale of its era of support for the endeavor now. But it’s interesting how it opted to make a similar call in January 2015. However, it went on to extend the support in 2020.

This extended security update was the final option for those people that were in need of running legacy products by Microsoft, despite the end of the support seen on Windows 7 and its related systems.

Meanwhile, all editions of Windows 8 that were set out nearly nine years back in 2013 would also be receiving the end of support on that same day, the company has confirmed.

The reason is quite straightforward as announced by the firm. Most such devices will not be aligned with the hardware requirements needed to upgrade to Windows 11 as the best alternative out there. Remember, PCs with Windows 7 may be upgraded to Windows 10 if and when it’s purchased and downloaded as a full version of this particular software.

Microsoft says that before you end up investing in the Windows 10 update, users would need to take into consideration how it’s going to reach an end-to-support date by October 14 of the year 2025.

The software giant has sent out recommendations to its users with such devices that aren’t up to date with the leading technical requirements that are set out for a more latest release of Windows that would replace it with ones that help to provide support and make the most of this new hardware capability.

At the moment, Windows 7 is running on more than 11% of the company’s systems around the globe. But Windows 8.1 is only being utilized by just 2.6% of its clients as per the latest statistics from Statcounter GlobalStats.

In the same way, web browsers are leaving out support for the likes of Windows 7 as per the latest confirmation by the company.

By next week, Microsoft Edge 109 which happens to be the firm’s latest web browser would arrive and provide support for Windows 7 as well as Windows 8/8.1. Meanwhile, we saw a similar type of announcement being made by the likes of search engine giant Google last October. They confirmed how a newer version of the Chrome browser would be dropping support starting February of 2023.

Both these leading browsers vow to work on their legacy systems for operations but at the same time, they’re not going to get any more security updates nor would they be attaining bug fixes that keep users exposed to the mighty security risks attached.

Today, Google Chrome has a leading market share that comprises of 64%. This is followed up by the likes of Apple’s Safari which makes a rough estimate of just 18%. On the other hand, you’ve got Microsoft Edge which only comprises of 4% of the overall market.

In other news, some other leading vendors have already let go of providing support to Windows 7, that’s way ahead of the date revealed when the OS wouldn’t be getting any more security updates.

A good example of this behavior was NVIDIA which isn’t providing any more support for Windows 7 and then Windows 8.1 drivers, since 2022.

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