Microsoft has warned Windows 7 users that the ageing operating system suffers from a number of serious failings including security deficiencies and hardware restrictions while reiterating all support for the platform is ending Forbes reports.
Microsoft says that sticking with Windows 7 will result in “higher operating costs” for users due to problems with reliability and compatibility. It also warns some manufacturers are actively shunning Windows 7 and stopping driver support while the newest chipsets from AMD, Intel INTC -0.46% and Qualcomm QCOM +0.63% are incompatible.
In January 2016 the company warned Windows 7 users they choose the platform “at your own risk, at your own peril”. Just two years earlier Microsoft gushed security could be found in “a modern operating system like Windows 7 or Windows 8 that have a decade of evolved security mitigations built in.
Microsoft wants all users on Windows 10 because it gives Microsoft far greater control over updates and privacy (despite important recent concessions). It also provides potentially greater revenue to Microsoft via the Windows Store and native advertising. Furthermore, while supposedly no longer tracked, Microsoft would prefer to miss its “one billion” installs target for Windows 10 by 2018 by a less embarrassing margin.
However, Windows 7 support will end and Microsoft will cut off all support but not until January 14th 2020. You should upgrade after this date, but it remains a long way away in computer years.