Microsoft Will Let You Use Windows 7 Till 2023, But It Comes With A Cost
Microsoft had released Windows 10 over three years ago. Despite the fact that people are pretty satisfied with its performance, a lot of people still prefer Windows 7. Earlier, Microsoft had announced that the company would kill the support for Windows 7. But, to cater to a horde of Windows 7 users, Microsoft has now decided to extend the support for Windows 7 for at least another five years, that is until January 2023.
However, there’s a catch. To meet the cost of security updates, the users of the Windows 7 will have to pay a considerable amount every time the system goes through an update.
On the other hand, if you buy Windows 10 exclusively, it will eventually cost you more. Therefore, unless you are buying a new system altogether, it is suggested to stick to the available version. Microsoft can mint a lot of money by extending paid security support, as a lot of Indian users are still relying on Windows 7. Reportedly, over 38 percent of the systems worldwide still run Windows 7. And not just Windows 7, people still continue to use their systems with Windows XP. In fact, according to a 2016 report, 70 percent of the 2 lakh ATMs in India were using Windows XP.
Those who don’t want to pay the extended security update can also continue using Windows 7. But, they won’t receive the updates. This might result in the system being open to security vulnerabilities and other issues. Some people are suspecting that it is a ploy to boost the sales of Windows 10. Some are of the belief that this is a step in the right direction. Because in the past, Windows XP’s extra-long lifespan created some series security issues.
On one hand, the small amount paid for the extended support seems feasible for the Windows 7 users. But, for Microsoft, it will be more profitable if the users switch to Windows 10.