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.More