Discuss: Windows 7 Extended Support

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July 11, 2014 at 08:10:20
Specs: Windows 7, 1.4 GHz / 5610 MB
Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that Windows 7 will enter its "extended support" phase in January of 2015. Discuss here if you think this is too soon, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

Thanks!
Justin


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#1
July 11, 2014 at 08:36:51
Way too soon. MS should know that Windows 8 is never going to be as popular as Windows 7. Folk are going to skip over 8, just as many, myself included, skipped over Vista. If they don't support Windows 7 at least until the next version after Window 8, I think people will think about jumping off the MS train.

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#2
July 11, 2014 at 09:07:30
It's just the usual Microsoft life-cycle. It doesn't mean that all support ends then, just that - essentially - it is a feature freeze. Not a big deal IMO.

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#3
July 11, 2014 at 09:29:46
1) If everyone who said they'd bail on MS and Windows actually did so, Windows would have died off years ago. Despite all of the griping, no one wants to pay the Apple tax, nor take up the technical training to run Linux.

2) I'm not sure why Microsoft would even try to make a deal out of the support-end dates. We'll still get security updates, MS has long since considered Win7 feature complete, and WinXP proves normal users don't care about Microsoft support at any level.

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#4
July 11, 2014 at 13:40:25
I agree with the drift of the previous response. It will have security support until 2020, that's if it doesn't get extended beyond that.

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#5
July 16, 2014 at 07:17:25
Security updates until 2020 but no more "cool new features" after Jan 2015? As ijack said - not a big deal.

Windows 9 (or whatever it's called) had better be a hit out of the park for good ol M$. The masses have spoken & they do NOT like Win8. Based on the latest market share numbers, over 50% of all computers are running Win7, & over 25% are still running XP. Win8 + Win8.1 combined account for less than 13%.

http://www.netmarketshare.com/opera...


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#6
July 16, 2014 at 10:03:01
Win8 wouldn't have been so bad if MS hadn't had drunk so much of Apple's iPad Kool-Aid. As is, every sequential update has just been rolling that grand vision back. I do applicate how MS' response has been to look at Stardock and basically copy what they're doing, but it might have been cheaper for them to just license ModernMix and Start8.

When the future version of Windows was going to be 8.2, I joked that Windows 9 would be a re-branded Win7. I'm kinda sad Microsoft considers Win8.X to be a poisoned name, like WinME or Vista.

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#7
July 16, 2014 at 15:48:03
"I'm kinda sad Microsoft considers Win8.X to be a poisoned name"

Me too, especially because Win 8.1 seem to be quite a good system (unlike ME and Vista). However, I accept the damage may now be done and until the punters see Win 9 or some other number then they might well steer clear of it.

If only MS had included that darned Win7 start menu option for PC's at the outset it would have saved a lot of hassle. I don't actually miss the start menu but obviously a lot of folk do and were not happy with MS forcing this overgrown mobile phone idea down everyone's throat.

It's ironic that (so it would appear) MS will be bringing back something akin to the old style start menu to Win 8.1 within the next couple of months. Too late maybe.

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#8
July 16, 2014 at 16:05:21
Derek: MS will be bringing back something akin to the old style start menu to Win 8.1 within the next couple of months.
Not so much. They were going to come out with the Start Menu in 8.2, but then they decided to call that update Win9. Not sure if it's going to be free to those who have 8.1, or if you'll have to pay full cost. http://winsupersite.com/windows-8/s...

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#9
July 16, 2014 at 16:22:07
Re #8

Maybe - your link is quite recent. Seems there are (and have been) all sorts of rumours flying about - not sure that MS have formally announced much yet.

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#10
July 16, 2014 at 19:44:45
Thurrott's pretty good; he's the one who pointed out Microsoft only promised a Start button for 8.1. He doesn't really report on rumors, and if he does he notes them as such. Thurrott also does the whole verification from independent sources, which is nice in the blogger era. He's a bit too into Microsoft's ecosystem, but I suppose that's what happens when you build your career around a single company.

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#11
July 17, 2014 at 11:35:00
Yeah, I guess you're probably right then but there's still time for about anything.

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#12
July 17, 2014 at 13:20:04
Well, if it does pan out that way, Win8.X will be the first version of Windows to forgo a start menu since NT3.5.

That's one of those little factoids you'll hear about years from now, probably in one of those missteps by big corporations writers come out with when they need to make a deadline. Then people will point out all of the exceptions. Like Phone, embedded, XBox, server core, and whatnot.

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