Microsoft plans to retire mainstream support for the much-maligned operating system – Windows Vista this week as well as for Office 2007.
Microsoft said it would offer extended support for both systems until 2017, but is making the effort to get users to buy Windows 7.
The next version of the company’s operating system, Windows 8, will likely be released in October of this year.
Microsoft’s Stella Chernyak also reminded users that on April 8, 2014, Microsoft will also officially end support for the even older Windows XP—first launched in 2001—and Office 2003.
“Windows XP and Office 2003 were great software releases for their time, but the technology environment has shifted. Technology continues to evolve and so do people’s needs and expectations. Modern users demand technologies that fit their personal work style and allow them to stay productive anywhere anytime, while businesses have an ever increasing need to protect data and ensure security, compliance and manageability,” she wrote.
“It is in a company’s—and its employees’—best interest to take advantage of the modern Windows and Office software that is designed with these needs in mind.”
Chernyak said it’s not only important for companies to finish upgrading to new versions before support runs out, but they should also be aware that by upgrading to Windows 7 and Office 2010 today they can gain substantial performance benefits while laying the foundation for future versions of these products.
She also noted that there have been more than 525 million Windows 7 licenses sold since its release. “If you haven’t yet already, we do hope that you take this end-of-support countdown as an opportunity to migrate your PCs to Windows 7 and Office 2010 so that your business and employees are more productive and secure,” she said.