Windows 7 Moves to Extended Support

Microsoft announced Tuesday on its support page that it will be ending 'Mainstream Support' and moving to 'Extended Support' for some of its operating systems and servers. Most notably, Mainstream Support for the Windows 7 operating system, including the Enterprise and Enterprise N versions, will end January 13, 2015.

At the same time, Microsoft will end Mainstream Support for Exchange Server 2010, Windows Server 2008, Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5, and Windows Storage Server 2008. Mainstream Support for the Windows Phone 7.8 ends even sooner, on September 7 this year.

Although Mainstream Support will no longer be offered, Microsoft customers who continue to use those products will still have access to the companyEUs Extended Support service for another five years, including security updates at no cost and paid hotfix support. However, Microsoft notes that it will not be accepting requests for design changes or new features during the Extended phase.

A Possible Reprieve

Despite the announcement that it will be ending Mainstream Support for the Windows 7 platform in the next six months, Microsoft has pushed back on announced support deadlines before. Its popular Windows XP platform, for example, had its deadline for the end of Mainstream Support delayed following poor adoption of its successor, Windows Vista.

Like Windows XP, Windows 7 has proven to be a popular operating system which many customers have continued to cling to, following the disappointing reception of the Windows 8 platform. According to the International Business Times, half the world's laptops and desktops still run on Windows 7.

Since Microsoft will no longer be rolling out new features for the OS, corporate and enterprise customers will have to resort to custom solutions if they want new features for the system over the next five years.

Even in the event Microsoft doesnEUt postpone the end of Mainstream Support for Windows 7,...

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