Windows 7 message alerts users about the end of security updates

It seems that Microsoft really wants its Windows 7 users to know that the operating system’s security updates will end very soon. A newly deployed update would be warning users that Microsoft will stop providing security updates for the operating system after January 14th, 2020. There is a not-so-subtle reminder that the software has been around for 10 years.

The updates would start appearing next month, on April 18th. The alert will be quite hard to miss when it arrives for the first time, though you would be thankful to have the option of disabling future reminders.

Many users are likely to see the notice. Net Applications data suggested that as of February Windows 7 represented nearly 40.2 percent of desktop usage, which can be even though slightly, more than those using Windows 10. It is another story, whether or not they can heed the message. Many of those people are using PCs that would struggle with Windows 10 or are using corporate machines where OS updates might be out of control. Microsoft must be hoping that the message will persuade at least some of those holdouts, though.

There is a very a strong incentive to make the jump, at least for institutions and businesses. Once official support ends, Microsoft will only provide consistent security updates to companies which pay for extended support, which ends in 2023. It will make very rare exceptions for instances like the WannaCry ransomware outbreak. Although a Windows 10 upgrade would not necessarily guarantee protection against security threats, it will at least prevent attacks where solutions have existed for years.