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Windows 7 begins end of life process

Windows 7 begins end of life process

 

 

 

 

 

 

Windows 7 is to be exterminated by Microsoft as it enters its sixth year of existence.

The operating system went from mainstream support to extended support today (January 13th), meaning Microsoft will no longer offer free maintenance support.

Even those with paid licences will have to put their hand in their pockets if they are to want help with their computer.

Anyone still using this platform will no longer receive any updates, improvements or new features for Windows 7, leaving them little choice but to eventually upgrade to a newer version.

All versions of Windows 7 will expire in 2020; only the embedded version, which includes the automated installation kit will remain active.

Microsoft said on its Windows lifecycle page: “You can either install the latest available update or service pack, or you can upgrade to a newer version of Windows.”

Read More by Phil Tottman

Retailers divided over Windows 8 price cut

Retailers divided over Windows 8 price cut

Resellers are unsure whether a drop in Windows 8 license fees would boost demand for the OS.

Rumours suggest that fees could fall from £30 to £9 for devices priced under £150. The reduction could be reflected in the price of Windows 8 devices, with Microsoft said to be eyeing the cost of Chromebooks.

Sales of computers pre-installed with Windows 7 are due to end in October 2014.

Mike Hoffman, director of Drum Brae Solutions, told PCR that no price drop was needed.

“Windows is already a lot cheaper on small form factor tablets and that is all they need,” he explained. “We have installed Windows 8 on every machine since its launch and the response has been good.”

AML Midlands’ Anthony Lay agreed that the OS is cheap enough, and echoed Hoffman’s comments that the divisive tablet/desktop hybrid design was a boon.

Read More by Matthew Jarvis

UK’s CASH POINTS to MISS Windows XP withdrawal date

Fear of fine trumps fear of breach for banks

Tens of thousands of ATMs will be running Windows XP long after Microsoft’s deadline to abandon the operating system ahead of a potential hacker storm.

Just a third of the UK’s 60,000 ATMs will be upgraded from Windows XP before the end of this year, according to the biggest supplier of those machines – NCR.

But it will be 8 April when Microsoft actually stops releasing security patches for Windows XP and when systems still running the OS will be open to hackers writing new malware and devising fresh attacks.

NCR – which supplies 60 per cent of the UK’s cash points – believes 95 per cent of Britain’s ATMs are today still running Windows XP with less than a month to go.

NCR told The Reg it has been working with Microsoft for nearly three years through workshops and sales camps to persuade banks to upgrade their ATMs.

Read More By Gavin Clarke

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