It is time to say good bye to Windows 7, the one of the most popular and user-friendly operating system (OS) version, introduced by software giant - Microsoft - back in 2009. Yes! The multinational technology company has already started notifying its users, informing them that it is pulling away support for Windows 7, the much-needed successor of Windows Vista.
"After 10 years of servicing, January 14, 2020, is the last day Microsoft will offer security updates for computers running Windows 7. This update enables reminders about Windows 7 end of support," the company wrote in a post on Friday.
Revealing its plans of notifying users about the end of Windows 7, the software giant said, "This update is available through Windows Update. 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," it added.
Windows 7, which was produced by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems, was intended to be an incremental upgrade to Microsoft Windows and address Windows Vista's poor critical reception while maintaining hardware and software compatibility.
Windows 7 continued improvements on Windows Aero (the user interface introduced in Windows Vista) with the addition of a redesigned taskbar that allows applications to be "pinned" to it, and new window management features.
Other new features which were added to the operating system, include the new file sharing system Home Group, and support for multitouch input. A new "Action Center" interface was also added to provide an overview of system security and maintenance information, and tweaks were made to the User Account Control system to make it less intrusive.
Windows 7 also shipped with updated versions of several stock applications, including Internet Explorer 8, Windows Media Player, and Windows Media Center.
However, the end of Windows 7 would help promote Windows 10, which is still edging closer to Microsoft’s goal of having it installed on 1 billion devices. Windows 10 is currently running on more than 800 million devices.