Sigh, the end draws nigh for that most common of desktop operating systems, Windows 7, has moved into Extended Support. This follows the move at Halloween from an active product to one no longer available but is not the final straw for the OS which is currently scheduled for 2020. The Inquirer quotes a source which places the current market share of Win7 at just over 56% globally, far above the currently selling Win8.1 but this number will slowly begin to fall, likely at a quicker pace than did WinXP's share. When a Windows product reaches Extended Support it still receives security patches and serious bug fixes, albeit at a slower pace than when it is current so don't worry that your Win7 boxen will be dying any time soon but it does make it even more worthwhile to familiarize yourself with Windows 10 as new machines will be running that OS very soon. Drop by The Inquirer for other upcoming dates, such as the final nail in Vista's coffin.
"WINDOWS 7 has reached an important milestone that begins its long, slow descent into obscurity and eventually end of life, where it will doubtless continue to command more market share than its successor."
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