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Microsoft warns Windows 7 users about outdated security

DECCAN CHRONICLE | DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Jan 16, 2017, 11:07 am IST
Updated Jan 16, 2017, 3:18 pm IST
Windows 10 is running on merely 20 per cent of the world’s desktop computers which is quite less in comparison to the 50 per cent usage of Windows 7.
 Windows 10 is running on merely 20 per cent of the world’s desktop computers which is quite less in comparison to the 50 per cent usage of Windows 7.

Windows 8 was a radical overhaul for Microsoft’s desktop OS, which is why numerous users have played cautiously and stuck on with Windows 7. With the launch of Windows 10, the tech giant expected users to make the switch. But, much to the company’s disappointment, not many preferred the new change. According to a report by Softpedia, Windows 10 is running on merely 20 per cent of the world’s desktop computers, which is lower in comparison to the 50 per cent usage of Windows 7.

Microsoft earlier posted on a blog on January 13 suggesting that Windows 7 can no longer keep up with today’s increased security requirements. The OS apparently has higher operating costs due to increased malware attacks and several manufacturers no longer provide drivers for Windows 7. In other words, modern peripherals are no longer functioning with the older OS.

“One of the most successful Microsoft operating systems approaches gradually the end of its lifecycle — in three years of extended support of Windows 7 is running out permanently,” Microsoft wrote. “This means for all customers with Windows 7 PCs that from January 14, 2020 there will be no security updates and no technical support from Microsoft,” the tech giant added.

The company then goes on to point out the advantages of switching to Windows 10 OS especially given its security improvements. Microsoft even emphasised on the numerous Windows 10 features such as Windows Ink, Edge browser and Cortana.

It appears like it will be difficult for Microsoft to convince Windows 7 users to make the switch.

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