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Microsoft Extends Support For Exchange Server 2010 With A Subtle Hint For Windows 7 Nearing End Of Its Support Life?

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, a robust but old operating system for servers and mainframes, recently received a reprieve from compulsory retirement. Although the extension to the end of support for Exchange Server 2010 to October 13, 2020, may not be extensive, Microsoft’s official words announcing the same could mean Windows 7, the second-most used operating system may receive a similar extension too.

Microsoft Windows 7, one of the still most popular operating systems, is rapidly approaching its official end of support. While Windows 10 recently overtook Windows 7 in active daily usage, it is still the second most used OS after the latest offering from Microsoft. Hence it is certainly interesting to try and read in between the lines of Microsoft’s statement inserted within the official blog post on the company’s official website.

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 And Windows 7 Were To Reach End Of Support Life On The Same Day:

Microsoft was to end the support it extended to Exchange Server 2010 on January 14, 2020. The date sounds quite familiar simply because that’s the same day Windows 7 would stop receiving critical and security updates. However, Microsoft chose to extend support for the Exchange Server 2010 till October 13, 2020. Granted the extension isn’t that long, but the way Microsoft chose to announce the same could signal the company’s softening stand on Windows 7. Inserted within the official announcement was the following statement:

“Our commitment to meeting the evolving needs of our customers is as strong as ever, and we recognize discontinuing support for a product that has been as popular and reliable as Exchange Server 2010 can be an adjustment.”

While the Exchanger Server 2010 could be considered a product that has “been popular and reliable”, so has been Windows 7. After Windows XP, Windows 7 was by far the most popular and widely adopted operating system from Microsoft. Despite the introduction of Windows 10, millions of users have steadfastly held on to their Windows 7 installations. Moreover, there are several million active PC users who still remain dedicated to Windows 7.

The choice of words may indicate that Microsoft may soften its stand and could just offer a similar small extension to Windows 7 users as well. An extension of 9 months or so doesn’t seem much. Moreover, the extension, if offered, will most certainly include only critical security updates. Windows 7 has stopped receiving new features or functionalities.

Will Microsoft Offer An Extension To The End Of Support For Windows 7? Our Take:

Windows 7 as an OS, is still going strong. Windows 10, the latest operating system from Microsoft succeeds Windows 7, and only recently managed to overtake its predecessor. However, there are millions of active Windows 7 users still happy with the OS that won’t be receiving any new features.

Microsoft may have remained committed to the pulling of support for Windows 7, and not sending out any updates to Windows XP. However, quite recently the company did send out a critical update. Hence the extension of support to Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 could be yet another indirect affirmation that the company might just give in and do the same for Windows 7.

Despite all the seemingly positive developments, it is quite unlikely that Microsoft would extend support to Windows 7 after January 14, 2020. Incidentally, Enterprise customers can extend support for Windows 7 by up to three years. However, this is a paid support, and it is quite expensive.

Owing to the unrelenting Windows 7 OS users, lots of systems will run out of support in January if Microsoft won’t extend support. If Windows XP’s end of support is any indicator, it is going to be a long time before Windows 7 installations and active usage becomes as irrelevant as Windows XP.

Microsoft did attempt to give out free upgrades back when Windows 10 was launched. It is unlikely that the company could repeat the same. Although, if Microsoft does, once again, allow Windows 7 users a free upgrade to Windows 10, migrations or adoption numbers would certainly soar. Windows 10 may have some weird bugs, but Microsoft is ironing out the flaws and issues fairly quickly.


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