Microsoft wants older versions of Windows dragged and dropped into the recycle bin, with relatively-recent iterations like Windows 7 not exempt from the drive.
Microsoft has told Windows Vista users that the operating system will reach its end of support on 11 April 2017, and will no longer receive security and other updates.
The company has also started blocking Windows 7 updates for users with systems running Intel 7th-Gen or AMD Ryzen processors (the newest CPUs from the two companies).
A remedy to the above is to upgrade to Windows 10, said Microsoft.
Still on Windows XP
While users on Vista and 7 may be annoyed by Microsoft’s policies, spare a thought for users on Windows XP – which reached end of support on 8 April 2014.
According to statistics from NetMarketShare, XP held 8.45% of the desktop market share in February 2017.
The table below details desktop operating system market share for February.
Operating Systems – February 2017
|Mac OS X 10.12||2.91%|
|Mac OS X 10.11||1.55%|
|Mac OS X 10.10||1.00%|