Not upgraded to Windows 10? Microsoft offers Windows 7 users some good and bad news

MICROSOFT continues its drive to get users to switch to its latest Windows 10 software but there is some good news if you are still using Windows 7.

 Windows 10 software was first pushed out across the globe in 2015 with it offering numerous improvements over older versions of the popular operating system.

However, despite its clear advantages, many users have stuck firmly with Windows 7.

In fact, recent figures show Windows 7 still has a 41 percent share of the overall market with installed on around 38 percent of all machines.

With so many people having yet made the switch, Microsoft has already announced that it is extending the support for this ageing software until January 14, 2020.

However, there’s now more good news as the US technology giant now says users will be able to continue to get updates for Windows 7 for even longer.

In a recent post on their website, Microsoft confirmed: “As previously announced, Windows 7 extended support is ending January 14, 2020. While many of you are already well on your way in deploying Windows 10, we understand that everyone is at a different point in the upgrade process.

“With that in mind, today we are announcing that we will offer Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) through January 2023.”

Many will be pleased to hear this news but there is a catch.

Those wanting to get support for Windows 7 past the 2020 deadline will have to pay for the privilege.

 

“The Windows 7 ESU will be sold on a per-device basis and the price will increase each year,” Microsoft explained.

The Windows 7 ESUs will be available to all Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise customers in Volume Licensing, with a discount to customers with Windows software assurance, Windows 10 Enterprise or Windows 10 Education subscriptions.

The news of this extended support comes as  looks set to be released next month.

Previously only known as its codename, Redstone 5, the newest iteration of Windows 10 will be rolled out as the “Windows 10 October 2018 Update”.

The update will bring dramatic changes that Microsoft insists will make its software better than ever.

Users are also able to pin items to their clipboard they use regularly, ensuring such content can be accessed quicker than ever.

Discussing the feature back in May, Microsoft said: “Copy paste – it’s something we all do, probably multiple times a day.

“But what do you do if you need to copy the same few things again and again? How do you copy content across your devices?

“We’re addressing that and taking the clipboard to the next level – simply press WIN+V and you’ll be presented with our brand-new clipboard experience!”

File Explorer is also set to receive a new Dark Theme as part of the October rollout.

 

 

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