Windows 7 mainstream support officially ended, time to think about Windows 10

Windows 7 logo with green background

This is the end, on January 13, today, Microsoft is officially ending the mainstream support for Windows 7 with Service Pack 1, but it also marks the beginning of the extended support period, which will last for another five years, until January 14, 2020.

Windows 7 is perhaps one of the best operating system ever made, but after five years, the technology powering the software looks out of date, when we see all the new technologies and features in Windows 8.1 and those coming in Windows 10.

For regular users, the end of mainstream support is not a big deal; Microsoft will continue updating the operating system for years to come in the regular basis. In other words, everything will remain the same. However, the company will not release any additional features and business customers with custom features for Windows 7 will have to pay to fix any bug that affects the operating system.

Here are all the important dates:

Windows 7 lifecycle chart

While the extended support period for Windows 7 will give consumers an additional five years to keep using a very stable operating system, Windows 10 will launch this year and is already showing the capacity to become an even better operating system.

Now, if you’re still running Windows 7, chances are you’ll have to pay to upgrade to Windows 10, though Microsoft has not announced any official pricing. However, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 users have a bigger chance to get the new operating system free. Features you can expect on Windows 10 includes, new Start menu, Continuum mode for 2-in-1 devices, Spartan web browser, floating apps on the desktop, virtual desktops, Cortana integration, and a bunch of new features and enhancements.

Source Microsoft