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January 13, 2015 at 11:12 AM

Microsoft drops free support for Windows 7

Windows 7 has started its long journey to the dustbin: The operating system is, as of today, no longer eligible for free help and support from Microsoft.

It’s not exactly going to blink out of existence anytime soon, however.

Windows 7 still powers more than half of the computers running Windows. Users of the software will still receive security patches from Microsoft, but technical support and non-essential updates now come with a cost attached. Microsoft plans to phase out those programs in 2020.

The beginning of the end for the popular Windows 7, released in 2009, comes as Microsoft gets set to unveil the latest version of its flagship product. Microsoft is expected to offer more details on Windows 10 at a press event in Redmond next week, with general availability expected sometime in the second half of this year.

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January 9, 2015 at 11:19 AM

Windows 10 as a subscription service? Not yet, Cowen says

The steady drip of Windows 10 feature leaks and rumors isn’t going to dry up ahead of Microsoft’s Jan. 21 expected consumer unveiling in Redmond.

But how will Microsoft sell the latest iteration of its flagship software once all its bells and whistles are polished? Gregg Moskowitz, software analyst with Cowen, offers his best guesses in a research note this morning.

No subscription model yet. A big area of debate as Microsoft readies Windows 10 for release: Will Microsoft sell the operating system on a subscription basis, the way it does with Office 365? Not yet, Moskowitz says. Its easy enough to sign up for a multi-year subscription for Office, knowing you can access the software on any device. But it may be tougher to persuade businesses and individuals to buy a subscription for an operating system for a PC or tablet with an uncertain utility and lifespan.

Meanwhile, subscription models typically wind up charging users more over time than an upfront sale. If Microsoft went full subscription with Windows 10, Moskowitz reasons, the embedded price hikes could both push users to Chromebooks or Macs and even invite government scrutiny.  

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July 25, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Developer preview of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 now available

Microsoft released today the developer preview of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7. At its Build developer conference last month, the company released the IE11 developer preview on Windows 8.1. Now it’s brought that preview, which includes revised F12 developer tools, to Windows 7, the most widely used desktop operating system (at least according to More

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May 1, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Windows 8 market share rises to 3.82 percent, according to Net Applications

Corrected version Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating system garnered 3.82 percent of the desktop operating system market share in April, according to Web tracker Net Applications. That’s up from a 3.17 percent in March. Older Windows operating systems, as one would expect, declined in share, though fractionally. Windows 7’s share declined only from 44.73  percent…

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February 26, 2013 at 6:45 AM

Final version of Internet Explorer 10 now available for Windows 7

Microsoft has just released the final version of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7. Windows 7 users can download IE10 directly. Otherwise, Microsoft will soon begin to automatically update Windows 7 users to IE10. starting with those running the Release Preview version of IE10, which had been launched in November. Developed to work optimally with the…

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