Microsoft extends Windows 7 consumer support till 2020

Just earlier today, we read that Microsoft decided to offer extended support for its Windows Vista operating system till April 2017. Now there is great news for Windows 7 consumers too!

Microsoft has announced that it will offer extended support for Windows 7 till January 14, 2020. Windows 7 mainstream support is scheduled to end in January 2015, till which time it will continue to receive feature updates along with security patches. But now with this revision, Windows 7 consumers will receive security updates till January 2015.

Difference between Mainstream Support and Extended Support in Windows

This chart explains the difference between Mainstream Support and Extended Support.

Earlier, Extended Support was not offered for Consumer, Hardware, and Multimedia products, but this announcement marks a clear policy shift in the way Microsoft will be offering consumer products like Windows 7.

That is great news for Windows 7 users – especially for those who are not planning to upgrade to Windows 8.

You can see the details at the Microsoft Lifecycle website.

Read: Windows 10 End of Support.

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  1. jtennison

    This is great news! No need to upgrade to Windows 8 anytime soon (if ever)

  2. smeezekitty

    Windows 8 sucks. Glad 7 is here to stay
    but a shame that it is ending mainstream support next month

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