Windows 7 is a personal computer operating system from Microsoft. End-of-Life is the term Microsoft uses to identify when the company will no longer support an operating system or application. In this case, Windows 7 End-of-Life means that, as of Jan. 14, 2020, Microsoft will move on from Windows 7 and no longer patch security holes in the operating system. And if bugs develop, you won’t be able to call Microsoft to help fix the problem.
There are several products for which support is ending on Jan. 14, including:
- Office 365 ProPlus
- Exchange Server 2010
- Windows Server 2008/R2
- Windows 7 for Embedded Systems
If you would like an extension on your Windows 7 support, you do have the option. Microsoft will sell paid Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESUs) on a per-device basis. These ESUs will provide Windows 7 Extended Security Updates through January 2023. While this might be a viable option for some companies, we do not recommend this approach, as it simply delays the inevitable upgrade and spends your budget spinning your wheels versus addressing the issue. In addition, other software that you use might be upgraded in the interim, and become incompatible with Windows 7.