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john albrich Jul 28, 2011, 05:43am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Sep 10, 2012, 07:55pm EDT

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Just a reminder for those who plan ahead when purchasing their computers and software...
or, just those who may not know about (lack of) support plans for Win7...

Microsoft Degrades Windows 7 Support Plan as of Feb 2012

Just reviewed the support chart, and apparently Microsoft has revised their support plans for Win7...revising their plans DOWNWARD and screwing the consumers/businesses. You may disregard my prior remarks in this post about Microsoft learning from their abysmal treatment of WinXP customers.

It now looks like all Win7 editions get "full" support until 2015, and then ALL editions get ONLY security update support until 2020.


former Subject title= "Win7 Home and Ultimate Supported Only To 2015"
Microsoft plans to drop support for all Win7 Versions except for Win7Pro and Win7 Enterprise on Jan 13 2015.

That's only about 36 months more planned support by Microsoft.

However, support for Win7 Pro and Enterprise will continue to Jan 14 2020. Five additional years (total=8 years remaining support).

I think Microsoft learned from their problems with businesses that complained when WinXP support was dropped. Win7 Pro is probably included in the extended support with Enterprise because Pro also provides features that smaller businesses were likely to use, but didn't want/need to pay for the Enterprise version.

Even if you don't need the extra features of Win7 Pro, if you've got a choice between a $90 Win7 Home Premium and a $115 Win7 Pro (both discounted/promo prices I've seen in the last month for OEM versions) you may wish to consider that the extra cost buys an OS that will be officially supported for 8 more years instead of just 3.

In the case of buying a new computer, you may also consider asking a computer vendor if they can load Win7 Pro instead of the much more commonly pre-installed Win7 Home on your new computer.

Lately it seems 3 years go by too damn fast.


ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_7_editions


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updated approx months left til 15Jan2015
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updated to reflect Microsoft's downgrading of planned support for Win7Pro and Enterprise


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Rhort Jul 29, 2011, 05:25am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I wonder, should Ford or General Motors adopt a similar policy of 'Incep Dates' for their products, how long it would be before Micro$oft's executive management team stopped using their vehicles as company cars.

Hmmmmmm?

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>> Re: All Win7 Versions Full Support to End Jan2015
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All Win7 Versions Full Support to End Jan2015.

See top post (revised) in this thread for more info.

Naveen Goud Feb 18, 2013, 04:36am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: All Win7 Versions Full Support to End Jan2015
Hello,

May be they will extend the support stop after the said year of 2015. About the 2020 issue, may be Microsoft has plans to come up with a better version by then.

The true fact is that by April 2014, all Microsoft XP users will have to go for an upgrade to windows 7 or vista( i know that it is a terrible choice). After the said period, windows will no longer support XP users in any way.

May be the following link may further help you.


http://storageservers.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/microsoft-exten...18-months/

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john albrich Jan 18, 2014, 12:48am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jan 19, 2014, 06:26am EST

 
>> Re: All Win7 Versions Full Support to End Jan2015
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I've seen a number of concerns from security people about the exposure to the rest of the computer community by Microsoft stopping XP security up-to-date updates. However, I thought this one was worth a post as unlike many others on this topic, this points to a specific population involving the financial world which I'd not seen expressed before other than in generalities. An element that concerns not only the owners of the systems, but their customers, and even others in the world that depend on cash transactions facilitated by ATMs. So, it's a larger affected population than one might initially consider.

The 2014 end-of-support date for WinXP is on target for April, although Microsoft does claim it will keep security updates available online (but no longer updated) for awhile longer (until 2015...see edit below).

Among concerns about lack of security updates of for this OS is this article.
(note: Overall, it is estimated something like 20% to 30% of all current OS installs still out there are WinXP-based, including population of tablets, phones, desktops, etc). Keep in mind that projections also strongly suggest desktop installs continue to decrease as a percentage of the total OS install population.)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2541613/ATMs-se...ws-XP.html
ATM security alert as Microsoft prepares to kill off Windows XP
* Microsoft to cease support for Windows XP on April 8th (2014)
* Experts believe ONLY 95% of ATMs run the software
* Could leave machines vulnerable to hackers

Cashpoints around the world could be left vulnerable to hacker attacks.
Experts say many of the ATMs may have to be dumped (or major (expensive) hardware components replaced, firmware re-written, etc). Many will require sending company techs to each physical machine, which means likely at higher-cost when subcontracted personnel can't be used.

(Guess who will have to pay for replacing all those many, many millions of ATMs?-banking customers and taxpayers. Expenses like these are written off of taxes in the actionable year(s), and new capital equipment costs are depreciated over several years...both of which mean increased costs to taxpayers.

ATMs that are modified also will require federal recertification...another expense passed along to customers and taxpayers.


edit 20140119
=add second source and slightly more info
http://news.yahoo.com/disaster-making-95-atms-still-run-window...33590.html
"...Microsoft will extend support for its Windows XP security products through July 2015"
http://bgr.com/2014/01/17/microsoft-windows-8-vista-comparison/
"Microsoft employees reportedly call Windows 8 ‘the new Vista"

TamTheBam Jan 21, 2014, 10:28pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: All Win7 Versions Full Support to End Jan2015

All this for Windows8! Aaargh! Get Windows8 to fcukc!

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