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 $115 Win7 Pro (both discounted/promo prices I've seen in the last month for OEM versions) you may wish to consider that the extra cost buys an OS that will be officially supported for 8 more years instead of just 3.
In the case of buying a new computer, you may also consider asking a computer vendor if they can load Win7 Pro instead of the much more commonly pre-installed Win7 Home on your new computer.
I wonder, should Ford or General Motors adopt a similar policy of 'Incep Dates' for their products, how long it would be before Micro$oft's executive management team stopped using their vehicles as company cars.
~ The manual said "Requires Windows '95 or better" ...so I installed Linux!
>>Re: All Win7 Versions Full Support to End Jan2015
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.