It seems the software giant means business. The company allowed Windows XP to stick around for a long time. Actually, now the company seems to have had it with the old OS and removed it from the list of supported products earlier last year. The software company announced that Windows 7 help and support, the Mainstream one, will not be there after January, this year. Windows 7 is the most popular Windows OS at present and many users are panic stricken after hearing the news.
Now, if you are a Windows 7 user, you have no reason to panic. At least, you need not panic for a long time. This is because the end of mainstream support is not the same as end of support. The end of support is what happened with Windows XP. Windows XP will not receive any kind of support. This means no technical assistance, software updates, feature updates, security packages, either paid or free. This is not at all the case with Windows 7. Windows 7 will continue receiving the critical security hotfixes, security updates and patches. The OS will in no way be dead according to the company as well as for the users. Actually, after the Mainstream Windows 7 help and support ceases, Windows 7 will move to the extended support period. In this support period, the users will continue receiving important security updates and hotfixes.
Experts and Windows specialists feel that Windows 7 should not be removed from the Mainstream support any time soon or they feel that the software maker will soften their stand and extend the support period. The obvious reason for this view is that Windows 7 is the most popular Windows OS at present. In fact, the OS is one of the most popular OS considering all the other operating systems in use.
However, Microsoft cannot afford to have the same approach that it had with Windows XP. Windows XP lived longer than the company wanted it to. So, Windows 7 mainstream support may actually cease from Jan 13.
Users have no reason to worry and turn on the panic mode; the security patches will be available. Windows 7 has many more years, in fact, until the year 2020. So, folks, enjoy Windows 7 for now. Even though you will not get mainstream support anymore, just keep using the OS without thinking too much about the end of support.