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Today is a really historic day for the Microsoft family. Almost 11 years after the launch of Windows 7, Microsoft has decided its time to pull the plug on support for one of their most popular Operating Systems ever. For younger people more familiar with Windows 10, it’s hard to explain just how good Windows 7 was at the time. It felt like the first really STABLE and really aesthetically pleasing Operating System that Microsoft offered. Though it’s hard to believe, for millions of people, logging in daily and seeing this image below brought a sense of real comfort to the day. Windows 7 was awesome. It was seen as a marked improvement over its predecessor Window Vista, adding new “fancy” features like the taskbar, Aero window management, file libraries, and much more. Even with all the warnings and the heads up, Windows 7 remains popular, even today. It runs on 26 percent of all PC’s which is a staggering number considering that Windows 10 has been out for 4+ years AND Microsoft offered (and still offers) Windows 10 as a FREE upgrade to customers. Microsoft has been notifying users about this day for a full year and they plan to step up the notifications. A full-screen notification will appear for Windows 7 users on Wednesday, warning users that their systems are now out of support. If you are a business or an academic institution, your users will be able to pay for extended security updates but, it’s going to be expensive. Obviously some discounts will be available with volume licensing but when you start to think about how the costs will add up, the question is naturally – why stay with Windows 7? As you can see from the prices above, a company with 100 or more employees will start to pay REAL money going forward but there are a lot of smaller companies that will stay on Windows 7 until the lights are turned off. The reason is, they have made the decision that it’s a business-critical tool for their business. It would shock you if you knew how many small hotels and businesses run proprietary Windows 7 software. For more facts and figures, please visit OUR FORUM.