We're roughly three months away from the end of extended support for Windows 7, and Microsoft is doing everything in its power to ensure that its most stubborn customers flee the operating system and upgrade to Windows 10. Back in March, Microsoft began bombarding Windows 7 Home users with nag screens warning about the end of support, which arrives on January 14th, 2020.
This week, Microsoft is turning its attention to those running Windows 7 Pro. In an update to a blog post that it crafted back in March to persuade customers to quickly make the switch to Windows 10, Microsoft wrote the following:
We are now extending the notifications discussed below to Windows 7 Pro devices to ensure our customers are aware of the end of support for Windows 7 and can take action to remain productive and secure.
Devices that are domain-joined as a part of an IT-managed infrastructure will not receive the notifications.
That means that Windows 7 Pro users should expect to soon start seeing those nag screens. At this point, Windows 7 is a decade old, which is an incredibly long lifespan for an operating system. About the only operating system that has been nearly as prolific was Windows XP, which had its useful life extended in part due to the failure that was Windows Vista.
In addition to the ending support for Windows 7, Microsoft also reiterated that Office 2010 support will also cease on January 14th, writing, "End of support means that your Windows 7 or Office 2010 software will no longer receive updates, including security updates."
Not surprisingly, Microsoft is urging customers to update to both Windows 10 and Office 365 to take care of their operating system and productivity needs. Microsoft tries to seal the deal, adding, "Together they make a perfect pair to help you do everything you were doing before – safer, faster and easier."
While you're on your own with respect to paying for an Office 365 subscription, you can still upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 for free by following our step-by-step guide.