Microsoft permanently stops security updates for Windows 7 and 8.1

Windows 7

Microsoft has decided to permanently stop providing security updates for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Even though you can continue to work with Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, your system will be vulnerable to security threats. You should either upgrade to a new operating system or remain vulnerable to security threats. Windows 7 was discontinued by Microsoft in January 2020 after a dedicated decade of its existence. Microsoft allowed users to purchase extended security support, which has now ended.

According to sources, one out of 10 computers still makes use of Windows 7. We don’t have exact statistics but people still work with Windows 7. You should note that Windows 7 will continue to work without extended security updates but will not receive patches for potential security vulnerabilities.

Meanwhile, the Redmond-based software giant disclosed that the company will not provide any extended security updates for Windows 8.1 as well, which was the successor to Windows 7. Microsoft sources confirmed that Microsoft Edge version 109 will be the last version to support Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 operating platforms.

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