Windows 7 users to receive notifications from Microsoft about end of support

Microsoft plans to send notifications to Windows 7 users warning them about the upcoming end of support. The software giant will stop supporting Windows 7 on January 14, 2020 and will begin to warn consumers about this deadline next month. The Microsoft support end date means that Windows 7 and Office 2010 will no longer receive security updates, and the company wants consumers to upgrade to Windows 10 and Office 365 PCs.

The notification will not specifically mention the update to Windows 10, but will notify of the date of assistance and will be linked to microsoft.com/windows7, a site that will encourage consumers to upgrade to Windows 10 or buy a more modern PC. "Starting next month, if you are a Windows 7 client, you can expect a notification to appear on your Windows 7 PC," explains Matt Barlow, Windows CVP. "This is a courtesy reminder that you can expect to see it several times in 2019."

Microsoft has learned from persistent persistent notifications during the free Windows 10 update period, and Windows 7 users will be able to select "Do not go back to remind me "in the notification so you never see it again. If they simply discard it by closing the indicator, it will be activated again. Microsoft says that only a "handful" of times will be shown during 2019, and notifications will stop once Windows 7 support ends in January.

Microsoft does not reveal the appearance of the notification until it is ready to start sending them to machines next month, so it can ensure that malicious actors do not try to recreate it and trick Windows 7 users with malware. The indicator is similar to the original Windows 10 update notifications and it is clear that it is from Microsoft.

Windows 10 surpassed Windows 7 in market share earlier this year, and Microsoft's latest operating system is now running on more than 800 million devices. It's getting closer to Microsoft's goal of having it installed on a billion devices, and the Windows 7 upgrade cycle will help the company achieve that milestone, even if it's a bit later than expected.

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