More retirement news! Boy, times flies fast, doesn’t it? Seems like only yesterday (well maybe a day before yesterday) when Windows 7 hit RTM status.
And now Microsoft is set to stop providing support for the vanilla version. Windows 7 without Service Pack 1 is set to do dark on April 9, 2013.
Meaning, Microsoft will stop providing support for this version of (its most popular) operating system. That means no more patches and fixes for this particular flavor of Windows 7, and users will be recommended to proceed with the installation of SP1.
The ever popular Windows 7 remains the number one operating system in the world, and interestingly an awful lot of people are still running the RTM version of the OS, hence delaying the deployment of the first service pack Microsoft released for it.
In case you are one of them, it is best you hurry up a little (or a lot) and deploy SP1.
And once you do, you will be in for a few more years of support. Windows 7 Service Pack 1 mainstream support is set to be offered until January 13, 2015 — the extended support will continue until January 14, 2020. Wowzers!
For those of you still keeping an eye for a second service pack, you would do well by managing your expectations a tad. Sources close to Microsoft believe that Windows 7 will not get a second service pack for simple enough reasons.
Microsoft has already launched Windows 8, and besides the software titan is now working on two new versions of Windows at once. Makes perfect sense!