All good things must come to an end, even Windows 7. After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running Windows 7. But you can keep the good times rolling by moving to Windows 10. News rolling is that Microsoft is sending out notification updates to existing Windows 7 users, informing them that the operating system (OS) version 7 will soon become obsolete.
If automatic updates are enabled, this update will be downloaded and installed automatically. Users would be given an option to select the “do not remind again” option if they wish to get rid of the notification.
Windows 10 is still edging closer to Microsoft’s goal of having it installed on 1 billion devices and the end of Windows 7 would help promote Windows 10 further, The Verge reported. Windows 10 is now running on more than 800 million devices.
Besides, Microsoft has confirmed that its old Office assistant Clippy, the animated paper clip character, is not making a comeback, at least not anytime soon. Born in Office 97, Clippy offered hints, helps and shortcuts to Microsoft Office users. However, the company has dismissed the possibility of Clippy’s comeback.
You don’t have to trash or dump Windows 7 effective immediately. It’s still officially supported by Microsoft with security updates just until January 14, 2020.
It is advisable to get off Windows 7 after that date because it will no longer be supported with security updates, which means it’s much more vulnerable to attack. Windows 10 is already a more secure operating system, even while Windows 7 is still getting updates. (And yes, you can still get Windows 10 for free, if you like.)
If you don’t want to use Windows 10, you should consider a Chromebook, Mac, iPad, or just installing Linux on your current PC. Whatever you do, it is advisable to use a secure operating system that’s currently being supported with updates. But, while Windows 8.1 is still supported with updates for a few more years, we recommend Windows 10 over Windows 8.1.