Those who want to know more about the last choice mentioned above should also know that paid Windows 7 Extended Security Updates will be offered through January 2023 on a per-device basis to all Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise customers in Volume Licensing.
Microsoft will continue to provide security updates for Windows 7 to business customers that pay for support, according to ZDNet, but not individual users.More news: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe to begin hunger strike over Iran prison treatment
Some will continue using their systems without being protected by Microsoft with new patches and security updates. The latest figures from Netmarketshare showed that more than 36 per cent of PC owners are still clinging onto the venerable OS, being overtaken by Windows 10 - which claims 39.22 per cent - for the first time in December.
Windows 7 without service packs is no longer supported by Microsoft since April 9, 2013. While Windows 8.1 keeps getting updates as well, its market share is substantially smaller than the one of Windows 7, so after January 2020, nearly all Microsoft's efforts would be aimed at Windows 10.
In fact, applications will continue running on Windows 7 for a long time after the January 2020 milestone, and a lot of them will even get updates regularly just like the OS would still be supported.More news: Alleged OnePlus 7 Leak Points To Notch-Less Display And Slider Design
This could convince many to stick with Windows 7 even longer, but sooner or later, upgrading to a newer Windows version would still become the only way to go. According to Kollective, which is counting down to the death of Windows 7 on its website, as many as 43 per cent of enterprises are still running Microsoft's nine-year-old operating system.
Most of the aforementioned Windows users will upgrade to Windows 10 or move to macOS/Linux.More news: Todd Monken will be new Browns offensive coordinator