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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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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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April 9, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Support for Windows XP ending next year, the push against Google and other news

I’m back from a few days away. Here are some highlights of what’s been happening: Microsoft had said earlier that it was ending support for the 12-year-old Windows XP in April 2014. It’s issuing the notice again, a year before that’s scheduled to happen on April 8, 2014.In an official blog post urging people…

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