Microsoft will prepare tomorrow, Tuesday, January 14th, to end expanded OS support Windows 7 It was first launched in 2009 to replace Windows Vista, so the end of support means that there are no more bug fixes or security updates for the millions who are still using the operating system.
And many see that more than a decade old Windows 7 is the true successor to Windows XP, as customers and companies have been upgraded to Windows 7 in great numbers, and they hold on to it even after the arrival of Windows 8.x and Windows 10 years later.
The success of Windows 7 in many ways was a milestone for PCs and Windows, and the system has enjoyed a preference among PC users and officials in the past decade.
The operating system was able to withstand, as Windows 7 users largely ignored Windows 8 when it appeared, and a portion of trusted and comfortable Windows 7 users moved to Windows 10 after discontinuing use of older hardware.
With support nearing the end of support, Windows 7 fans have proven stubborn, and though companies have mostly taken this step, there are still many consumers clinging to their old operating system.
It is believed that there are about 1.2 billion computers running Windows worldwide, with nearly a billion people running Windows 10 and most of the rest running Windows 7, and this means that there are approximately 200 million computers running soon with an operating system Not protected.
While other estimates indicate that there are still more than 440 million people using Windows 7 worldwide, any new vulnerabilities are unlikely to be fixed, unless the user is willing to pay for extended support costs.
End of the age:
The Windows 7 era coincided with the era of the PC, and the end of Windows 7 represented the end of the PC era as well. When Windows 7 was launched, an iPhone and its application store were present but they are still new, and the iPad computer has not yet arrived, and in case the user needs To accomplish anything on a computer, it needs a personal computer.
But a little over a decade later, the picture has become more complex, as PC sales have continued to decline over the past seven years, and sales have seen a slight increase last year, largely due to the need for companies to purchase new computers to operate a system Windows 10.
The personal computer has been replaced in many scenarios and use cases by the smartphone, tablet, or digital assistants included in various other devices, and the problem is not related to personal computers only, but to the Windows operating system as a whole, which is no longer the major glossy product of Microsoft as it was In the previous.
In spite of this, this does not mean that the personal computer is over, but rather that it is continuing in the foreseeable future, but there are now many other options, including tablets and smart phones, as knowing personal computers is getting blurry.
Over the past few years, PC makers have introduced a new set of devices with new shapes and sizes, such as Surface From Microsoft, a tablet-like PC, Lenovo also introduced the X1 Fold, a foldable screen that can work as a tablet, laptop or desktop computer.
The foldable and detachable personal computer is now prevalent, after the emergence of many different designs useful to the user, but these innovations all do not mean the return of momentum to the personal computer, but rather indicate that the personal computer will be present for years to come regardless of the operating system That occupies it.