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How Long Will Microsoft Support Windows 7 & 8?

Monday, April 7th, 2014 by | Filed Under: Quick Tips
 
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Nedra writes:

With Windows pulling the rug out from Windows XP to force us all into buying a new operating system, just how long can we expect them to support Windows 7 or Windows 8 before they want to to buy Windows 9, 10, 11 etc…

Windows supported the XP operating system for 13 years – which is three years longer than they promise to support their operating systems.  The policy now is to offer security support for 10 years after the operating system is made available tot he public.  Current operating systems should be supported as follows:

Windows Vista  until April 11, 2017

Windows 7 until January 14, 2020

Windows 8 until January 10, 2023

For any new operating systems from Microsoft, you can expect security support to last 10 years from the time it is made available to the general public.

~ Cynthia

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3 Responses to “How Long Will Microsoft Support Windows 7 & 8?”

  1. SJ says:

    Time for me to get Apple.

    • cynthia says:

      SJ, but do keep in mind that Apple does not support operating systems forever either. Apple very quietly retired security support for Snow Leopard OS X 10.6, Mountain Lion and Lion. They actually usually have a shorter lifecycle for operating systems that Microsoft.

  2. Lynn Anderson says:

    Thanks for the info, great to know.

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