Microsoft released Windows 7 in 2009. Even though Windows 8 has been available for a few years and Windows 10 is set to launch this year, there are still millions of people using Windows 7.
But mainstream support for the operating system ends today. That doesn’t mean the company is leaving Windows 7 users out in the cold though.
Extended support continues through January 14th, 2020.
So what does that mean?
Mainstream support includes free telephone support, non-security updates, hardware warranty claims, and more. Those features will not longer be available.
That ends today. But Microsoft will continue to release security updates for another 5 years. And customers who need extra support can pay for Premiere or Essential support services until 2020.
Microsoft stopped offering Windows 7 Home Basic and Home Premium licenses last year, but business customers who want “downgrade rights” can still purchase new machines with Windows 7 Professional instead of Windows 8.1.