Windows 7 – “The end is near” Well, yes and no.

Even though sales of Windows 7 officially ended in 2013 there were plenty of boxes and software packages around to keep sales going for another year or longer. This month Microsoft is ending “mainstream support” for Windows 7. Another one bites the dust.  This may be a great line for Queen but this is not a time to panic if you are concerned about running Windows 7. While Microsoft has officially ended sales of the ever popular operating system Windows 7 there are still plenty of years remaining for Windows updates. Microsoft ended support for Windows XP last year after nearly a dozen years of support. The security patches required to keep the operating system safe and reliable ended for XP but Windows 7 will continue to have nice long life.  If January 9, 2018 seems far off then there is no reason to panic. That’s the ending date for Windows 7 support from Microsoft. Microsoft has another operating system in the hopper currently being touted as Windows 10. Windows 8 has plenty of life in it too. There is no reason to panic. But if you are one of those unfortunate soles still using Windows XP or even Windows Vista, now may be the time to start considering retirement for the computer.