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Microsoft Will Stop Support On Parts of Windows 7


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Microsoft is warning customers that the end is soon coming for free Windows 7 support. Microsoft will end free mainstream support for Windows 7 on January 13, 2015.


This covers all versions of Windows 7,  Mary Jo Foley points out .


The end of support generally means no more updated features or performance improvements, unless you are covered by extra "extended support."


UPDATED: Microsoft has promised to provide security patches even after it ends mainstream support, through 2020. What is ending is design changes, warranty claims and no-charge incident support.


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The good news here is that for users of Windows 7, you don't have much to worry about. The end of mainstream support indicates that the company will no longer build out features or deliver enhancements other than security updates. The mainstream support is typically a window of 5 years post launch, following this there is a period of extended support that lasts for an additional 5 years. In January, Windows 7 will transition into the extended support state, so your machine will be safe.



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