This article originally appeared on Tec Dr.
Five days ago Microsoft ended official mainstream support for Windows 7 which was launched in 2009 with over 100 million copies sold. What this means is that any non-security issues won’t be supported unless your business signs up for an extended support plan. Also any features such as the upcoming DirectX 12 won’t be available. On January 14th 2020 all support for Windows 7 will stop, and Microsoft’s most stable operating system since Windows XP will be switched off.
Since Microsoft will still be supplying security updates till 2020 there is no need to panic just yet, but it is worthwhile thinking about eventually migrating to Windows 10. Microsoft will be holding a Windows 10 press conference later today. What we do know is that Continuum, their new browser Spartan and Cortana will be revealed.
Continuum gives you the ability to switch between a touch-friendly interface and Desktop mode seamlessly depending on the type of device you’re running and what peripherals are attached. Microsoft has tried to shake of the negativity that has surrounded Internet Explorer and they may finally achieve this with Spartan. Spartan is designed to replace Internet Explorer and we will know if the rumours of it giving us Chrome like performance is true. Cortana is a digital assistant that will be integrated into Windows 10 and we will learn how integrated it is as well how well it handles with different accents and languages. We will also be told its launch date and if the rumours regarding Windows 8 and 8.1 users getting a free upgrade is true.
When Windows XP had its support pulled last year, businesses managed to cope as Windows 7 had a compatibility mode for legacy software and they will learn to cope now that Microsoft has ended Windows 7 mainstream support.