Windows 7, end of life.
Starting today, Microsoft officially stopped supporting Win7 and will not provide security patches or update services. However, for corporate users who are still paying, Microsoft will continue to provide Win7 update services, not personal users.
This does not mean that individual users can no longer start the Win7 system. After Microsoft stopped the XP system in 2014, there are still users using the XP system today. But it needs to be reminded that the absence of an official update service means that the user’s Win7 is in a “streaking” state and is more vulnerable to attack.
Before the Win7 system stopped service, Microsoft officials also popped up several times and notified users to upgrade the system to Win10, and whether it is genuine or pirated Win7 can be upgraded to Win10 for free. Even so, the data shows that as of December 2019, 26.64% of users still use the Win7 operating system.
“The classic after XP is Win7.” This evaluation is enough to make Win7 a neutral name in the operating systems of previous Windows.
Windows 7 ten year service period has expired
In October 2009, the Windows 7 operating system was officially released. At that time, I had just stepped into society after graduating from college.
At that time, the Windows Vista system was heavily criticized. Most users still insisted on using XP system and did not want to upgrade to Vista. Win7 can be said to be in danger. However, due to Win7’s powerful features, user-friendly settings, strong compatibility and excellent performance, it has gradually won the trust of users and gained a large number of loyal users.
Data show that in August 2012, Win7 surpassed XP with a 42.72% market share and became the most popular computer operating system. In mid-2014, Win7’s global operating system market share reached 51.22%, and instead of XP, it became a “leader”.
However, in 2017 affected by the Wannacry ransomware virus, the Win7 system experienced a huge landslide. Data from third-party Duo Security obtained from 11 million enterprise users shows that among all enterprise users using Windows systems, the usage rate of Windows 7 has plummeted from 65% in 2017 to 44% in 2018.
In addition, when Win7 was released, Microsoft had promised to provide it with 10 years of product support. Now that the 10-year service period has expired, Microsoft has stopped supporting it, allowing resources to focus on newer technologies and experiences.
In 2018, Microsoft announced that it would stop supporting Win 7 system expansion in 2020. Starting in April 2019, Microsoft has continuously sent push notifications to users to remind them to upgrade the operating system, leaving sufficient time for users to upgrade.
Microsoft officially reminded that “support for Windows 7 is coming to an end”. Although the support is discontinued, users can still use computers running Win7. However, Microsoft also warns that without continuous software and security updates, computers are at greater risk of being attacked by viruses and malware. This means that after January 14, 2020, user computers that still use Win7 will be in a “streaking” state.
However, even so, the data shows that as of December 2019, 26.64% of users still use the Win7 operating system. It’s classic!
Will Windows 10 “dominate the world”?
When reminding users to upgrade to the Win10 operating system, Microsoft officials also emphasized one point: whether it is genuine or pirated Win7 can be upgraded to Win10 for free. Some netizens think this is a great opportunity for “whitewashing”.
In 2015, Microsoft launched the Win10 operating system. After more than 4 years of promotion, Win10 has gradually occupied more operating system market share of laptops and desktops.
Although Win10 has been undergoing minor problems since its inception, and stability has become a major problem for users, when Microsoft launched Windows 10, it positioned it as “eternal life” and became a universal platform for all devices, including laptops, mobile phones, and tablets. , Gaming consoles, and IoT devices to provide a seamless operating experience for these devices.
It is understood that a few days before the release of Windows 10, Microsoft CEO Nadella has stated that in the future there will be only a unified Windows operating system for covering all sizes of computing devices, and the others will be merged.
According to a December 2019 report released by market research agency Netmarketshare, the market share of Windows 10 systems has increased slightly, and the current market share has reached 54.62%, while Windows 7 ranks second with 26.64%. Apple’s macOS X 10.15 Ranked third with a market share of 4.23%.
With the end of Win7, Microsoft needs to convert nearly 30% of Win7 users to Win10. This is an excellent opportunity for Win10, and its market share will further increase.
The era of the Internet of Everything has arrived, and I look forward to seeing the ubiquitous Win10 figure.
Inventory the Windows you have used in those years
The Windows operating system is already the most widely used operating system. Since the first generation of Win1 in 1985, the Windows operating system has been iteratively developed for almost 35 years. After the upgrade of Win1, Win2, and Win3, Windows gradually displayed the earliest Word and Excel software from the simplest tile display.
For most people, they are more exposed to the Windows 95 operating system in 1998. Compared with previous versions, Windows 95 first introduced the “Start” button and task bar, and the first Internet browser IE, and these elements It has also become a standard feature of Windows systems in the future.
Windows 98, introduced in 1998, comes with an integrated IE browser, which enables users to easily and quickly access data on the local hard disk, intranet, and Internet in the same way on a common interface, allowing the Internet to truly enter personal applications.
At the same time, Windows98 has a large number of built-in drivers, added support for USB and DVD, and Office PowerPoint also appeared in this version.
After that, it was the shortest-lived Windows operating system released in 2000: Windows ME / 2000. Due to many loopholes, poor response speed and stability, it was quickly abandoned by the public.
A year after this version, it quickly entered the era of Windows XP and became an operating system that accompany users for a long time. Windows XP also has a lot of fans. According to legend, when Win7 was to stop serving, Russian Putin was still using Windows XP.
In 2007, Microsoft released Windows Vista, which became another “short-lived” system. Vista triggered the hardware revolution, and the PC officially entered the dual-core, large (memory, hard disk) generation. However, due to some differences in usage habits and XP, software and hardware compatibility issues have led users to consider it a “semi-finished product”.
Soon, Microsoft released the most classic Win7 operating system in 2009. Win7 looks more gorgeous, while avoiding some Vista errors. The design of Windows 7 mainly revolves around five key points—the unique design for laptops; the design based on application services; the personalization of users; the optimization of audiovisual entertainment; the new engine of user ease of use. Win7 also became the most classic Windows operating system after XP.
In October 2012, Win8 was officially launched. People are more willing to think that it is a transition board towards Windows 10. It is not very good in terms of system compatibility and performance.
In July 2015, Microsoft released its positioning as universal for all device platforms, including computers, mobile phones, tablets, game consoles (XboxOne), and the Internet of Things. Microsoft intends to infiltrate people’s lives and work with other versions and become a truly ubiquitous operating system.
After Windows 10, Microsoft once said that Windows 10 may be its last system, no longer launching a new operating system, and will only divide the 10 system into multiple versions to meet different needs.
From Win1 to Win10, which operating systems have you used and which version do you like best?