Kylie Addison Sabra
October 2, 2019
Windows 7 is departing.It may be too early to start writing eulogies, but the patient is in hospice as we speak. While many still hold her close, mainstream support ended January 2015. Windows 10 came crashing into our purview July 2015 and after the woeful Windows 8 (2012) and Microsoft’s failed correction course birthed 8.1 (2013); it’s no wonder people are hesitant to give up their Windows 7.
Windows 7 (2009) followed two years after the much-maligned Vista and was perceived as a breath of fresh air. After all, it was “prettier” and “friendlier” and many still think it is. While upgrades are purely optional—a huge plus in many minds—the most obvious reason people resisted Windows 7’s successors is at least partly attributable to the old adage “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
Microsoft will pull life support from Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. No more security updates. No more fixes, technical support or software updates.
Love her if you will, but wrap her in a shroud and say, “It’s been sweet, but this too must end.” Heave a shattered sigh and embrace Windows 10. She may not be the only game in town, but she is the best if you are looking for wide-ranging compatibility. And, some say, this user interface is much more like Windows 7 than any of those versions in between!
The next semiannual release [of Windows10] in the fall is expected to bring more exciting features. . . . the OS is already so full of cool features that I pity those who don’t use it.” Michael Muchmore, PC Magazine, August 2019
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PC Magazine gives Windows 10 top billing with 4.5 stars, naming it Editor’s Choice for 2018. We can also look forward to another update this fall. Not the sweeping, imposing kind, but a set of tweaks and bug fixes to further improve the already well-performing platform. OH! And if you and Cortana haven’t bonded, you may soon be able to take up with Alexa on your Windows 10 lock screen. It’s the battle of the divas.