Microsoft has already confirmed that it’s going to end support for Windows 7 on January 14th, 2020. The company is now planning to push notifications to users who are still running this version of the operating system to inform them about the impending end of support. It will begin notifying users about the cutoff date starting next month.
What end of support means is that Microsoft will no longer send security updates for Windows 7 and Office 2020. It would recommend that users upgrade to Windows 10 and Office 365 instead. There’s obviously no guarantee of security once the company ends support for the aforementioned iteration.
The notification that Microsoft starts pushing out next month won’t specifically mention Windows 10. However, it will mention the cutoff date and a link to the company’s website which offers more detail about the end of support. That site encourages users to upgrade to Windows 10 or buy a modern PC that comes with the new iteration.
“This is a courtesy reminder that you can expect to see a handful of times in 2019,” CVP of Windows Matt Barlow said of the notification, adding that users can expect to see this notification appear on their Windows 7 PC starting next month. Windows 7 users will have the option to “do not remind me again” so that they are not bothered by this notification again. Microsoft has clearly picked up on some lessons from the persistent notifications debacle during the free Windows 10 upgrade period.