End of Life for Windows 7
Original Issue Date: March 29, 2019
Severity Rating: High
Microsoft has announced that Microsoft Windows 7 (launched on 22 July 2009)would end its extended support and update after 14 January 2020.
Microsoft had ended mainstream support, which meant that it stopped adding newer features to the operating systemsfrom 13 January 2015. From 14 January 2020, security updates for the operating system will no longer be available. However, Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise users can use paid "Extended Security Updates" till 2023.
Computers running the Windows 7 operating system will continue to work even after support ends. However, using unsupported software may increase the risks from viruses and other security threats. Further, over time, asignificant number of third parties, such as application providers mayno longer develop nor support applications for Windows 7environments.
To avoid any security risks post the end of support, users and organizations are advised to upgrade to the latest software or an alternative operating system.
For those organizations that intended to keep using Windows 7 beyond its January 14, 2020 cut-off date, Microsoft has up to three years of paid fixes through its new Extended Security Update (ESU) scheme. These will be available to any organization with a volume license and will have a cost structure that will increase each year. Organizations who switch to using Windows Virtual Desktop for their Windows 7 systems will have access to all three years of ESU patches for no additional cost.
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