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End of support for both Windows 7 and 8 in a few days

End of support for both Windows 7 and 8 in a few days

Windows 7 and Windows 8, which were released in 2009 and 2012 respectively, met with completely different reception from users. The former was regarded at the same level as XP, while users saw the latter as just a major failure. Unfortunately, it is now supposed to support both Windows 7 and 8 operating systems officially end next month. Meanwhile, more than 13% of users of Microsoft operating systems will be affected by this outage.

The high popularity of Windows 7 after 13 years since its release

The year is 2009. Nvidia’s GTX 295 dominates the graphics card market, Apple recently released the iPhone 3G, and Microsoft introduced its latest operating system, Windows 7, to much acclaim. Finally, users felt that a proper upgrade from Windows XP had arrived, and in just two years, approximately 45 percent of PC owners installed Windows 7 on their devices.

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Windows 8 is a gateway to the new generation of Windows, but with failure

Three years will pass and Windows 8 will arrive. If you remember, Windows 8 launched without a Start menu and instead focused on a new and modern design. After more than two years of release, Windows 8 has barely gained market share.

After a massive negative response from users, Microsoft released the Windows 8.1 update just one year later. While the Windows 8.1 update improved the operating system, the stigma surrounding Windows 8 remained. Windows 8.1 never gained more than 19.1 percent of the overall Windows operating system market share, while Windows 7 and Windows 10 both achieved higher adoption rates within eight months.

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Wasn’t the support for Windows 7 already over?

Microsoft offers two levels of support for its operating systems: “mainstream” and “extended”. Mainstream support for Windows 7 ended in January 2015 (December 17, 2013), while widespread support ended in January 2020 (December 2018). However, since Windows 7 still accounted for nearly 25 percent of Windows OS installations, Microsoft offered three more years for a fee.

Now these additional years will end on January 10, 2023 (December 20), when the operating system will no longer receive any updates. Meanwhile, support for Windows 8 also ended in January 2018 (2016). Likewise, its extended support will also end on January 10, 2023 (December 20).

Additionally, Microsoft recently announced that the Microsoft Edge browser will no longer receive any updates on Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems after January 12, 2023. Microsoft’s Webview2, the tool that allows Edge to display web pages outside the browser, will also lose support after that date.

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Microsoft is not alone in abandoning these old operating systems. In October, Google announced that it would no longer support Chrome for Windows 7 and 8.1 after January 2023.

Overall, it’s sad to see such a legendary operating system like Windows 7 finally reach its sunset. Users love it so much that even after 13 years since its official release, Windows 7 still has a market share of more than 10%. Of course, the situation is not like this for Windows 8 and with only 2.53% until November 2022, maybe it should have been abandoned earlier.

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