Microsoft Extends Windows 7 Support

If you are a Windows 7 lover and don’t want to let it go for anything else, then you will be pleased to know that the Redmond-based software giant is offering Windows 7 users an additional five years of support – until 2020. With this announcement, the mainstream support for Windows 7 will expire in 2015.

The company has recently announced an extension for Windows Vista as well. The extension given to the Vista’s consumer will expire in 2017, three years before Windows 7. The gap of three years between the two versions is quite reasonable considering the fact that Vista is an older operating system.

Following is an excerpt taken from Microsoft’s original statement:

Microsoft is updating the Support Lifecycle Policy to ensure that all consumer editions of our desktop operating systems are eligible to receive five years of Mainstream Support and five years of Extended Support. In the past, commercial customers who updated to the most current supported Security Packs (SPs) could receive security updates, even when Mainstream Support for a product ended. This update formalizes that all editions of our operating systems will receive security updates as long as they are using the most current SP.

It seems that the Redmond-based company is trying to bring all its support policies into proximity. This is certainly a smart move from Microsoft to keep things simple and clear for both Vista and Windows 7 users.

Let us consider a Microsoft’s future operating system as well for a while. A lot of confusion prevails in the mind of the people regarding Microsoft’s next operating system, Windows 8. It seems that to make its next operating system a hit, the company is taking its time through granting extension for its existing operating systems. For instance, there is a common assumption that if Windows 8 fails, it will take some time for company to release a replacement, so people need to have some reasonable operating systems operational in that sort of situation. The extension is simply making things simpler and easier for the Microsoft to experiment with its next operating system.

Though, there is some weight in the assumption, we can’t ignore the potential of Microsoft as well. It is working with its next operating system as it did with its previous operating systems. So, the extensions can merely be a part of company’s set goals and associating them with next operating system seems a little unjustifiable on Microsoft’s part.

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