If the message is not clear, Windows 7 computers will soon display a full-page warning screen, which will remind users that they could be victims of cybercriminals if they run imperfect software.
Microsoft today figuratively said Windows 7, which ended support with a final security update, not to let the door slam.
«Ten-year-old technology simply can’t keep up,» Jared Spataro, a director of the Microsoft 365 team, wrote in a post on the company’s blog. «As we end support for Windows 7, I encourage you to switch to these newer options immediately.»
Surprisingly, Spataro named those newer options as Windows 10 to replace Windows 7 and Office 365 to replace Office 2010, which will be retired in October 2010. Combined, they represent most of Microsoft’s 365 plan. business subscription. customers to adopt.
«I see the end of support for Windows 7 and Office 2010 as an opportunity for you to move to tools designed for the way we work today,» Spataro added. «If you haven’t already, make the move now.»
Spataro’s criticism of Windows 7 was nothing new; Microsoft is giving up the oldest operating system for at least three years. «Windows 7 is based on outdated security architectures,» said Markus Nitschke, CEO of Microsoft Germany, in January 2017. The operating system «does not meet the requirements of modern technology and does not meet the high security requirements of IT.» Nitschke said. warned while promoting relatively new Windows 10.
Spataro mentioned Extended Security Updates (ESU), the paid post-retirement patches that Microsoft will sell to business customers in one-year increments for up to three years. But he rejected ESU as just a «bandage» and again urged everyone to use Windows 10 immediately.
«In order to get the best protection and security features of Windows Defender Antivirus and the full potential of Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), I strongly recommend that you migrate to Windows 10 as soon as possible,» he said.
This is unlikely to be Microsoft’s last request to get rid of Windows 7. In fact, starting tomorrow, Windows 7 computers will begin displaying a full-page warning screen to remind users that they are at risk. software.