Microsoft has ended the Mainstream Support for all Windows 7 distributions

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Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support on Windows 7

Yesterday, Microsoft has ended the Mainstream Support for all Windows 7 distributions. Don't worry; this isn't the end of Windows 7's life. Microsoft would still maintain Extended Support until January 14, 2020. That is another 5 year from today.

Client operating systems Latest update or service pack End of mainstream support End of extended support Windows XP

Service Pack 3http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ca/windows/help/learn-how-to-install-windows-xp-service-pack-3-sp3

April 14, 2009

April 8, 2014http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ca/windows/end-support-help

Windows Vista

Service Pack 2http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ca/windows-vista/learn-how-to-install-windows-vista-service-pack-2-sp2

April 10, 2012

April 11, 2017

Windows 7 *

Service Pack 1http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ca/windows7/install-windows-7-service-pack-1

January 13, 2015

January 14, 2020

Windows 8

Windows 8.1

January 9, 2018

January 10, 2023

What does it mean for Extended Support and what's the difference between that and Mainstream Support? According to Microsofthttp://windows.microsoft.com/en-ca/windows/lifecycle they define the terms as follow:

  • Mainstream support-Microsoft will offer mainstream support for a minimum of 5 years from the date of a product's general availability, or for 2 years after the successor product is released, whichever is longer. For example, if you buy a new version of Windows and five years later another version is released, you will still have two years of support left for the previous version.

  • Extended support-Microsoft will offer extended support for either a minimum of 5 years from the date of a product's general availability, or for 2 years after the second successor product (two versions later) is released, whichever is longer.

The bottom line is that consumers who are using their Windows 7 machines will still receive regular security updates for all Windows 7 devices for another 5 years. No new feature will be added to those versions as a result. Today, Windows 7 is still the most popular Operating System from Microsoft; they account for over 56% http://www.netmarketshare.com/operating-system-market-share.aspx?qprid=10&qpcustomd=0 of the entire Windows OS Marketshare. In the coming 5 years, for both consumers and Microsoft, the goal will be slowly shifting away from the dominance of Windows 7 and moving to the newer Operating System, like Windows 8.1http://www.nextofwindows.com/category/windows-8/ or the yet to be publicly released Windows 10.http://www.nextofwindows.com/category/windows-10/

For a detailed Windows 7 distribution support, see herehttp://support2.microsoft.com/lifecycle/search/default.aspx?alpha=windows+7