Windows 7 : that's it for the updates

14 January marks the end of technical assistance from Microsoft for Windows 7. If by chance you are still using this system on your Mac via Boot Camp gold virtualiseur, any security update will not be distributed.

Except in special boxes : customers in business and in education, for finance and for 3 additional years. For the general public it is finished, unless an unforeseen event requires Microsoft to release an update to be exceptional, as was the case in the past with XP, updated to counter the terrible WannaCry.

Launched in October 2009, Windows 7 made to forget the trials and tribulations of Vista that Apple was pourléché lips, long pubs. The marketing campaign from Microsoft for Windows 7 took notice of this liability and was assured that his successor had been designed taking into account feedback from users.

These customers were put at the centre of the discourse and, as thumbing his nose at Apple, they are using the “I’m a PC” popularized by the Apple, aim by making the qualifier a source of pride.

Apple for its part has celebrated the arrival of the competitor system, suggesting that the promise of Microsoft would not be more required today than they were yesterday, the day before yesterday, and, as far as one could go back in the history of Microsoft.

Parochialism aside, Windows 7 has fulfilled his role in putting Windows back on track. Before version 8, with its new interface to mosaic applications-pervasive, its emphasis on the touch and the disappearance (temporary) of its Start button, returns the user to hell.

Windows 7 is, however, at a time when mobile platforms — iOS and Android — flied up and were gradually redistribute the cards between Apple, BlackBerry, Nokia, Microsoft, and Google. As was recently noted Steven Sinofsky, the head of the development of Windows 7 and 8 (now a business angel and a user of Apple products), the developers had started to look elsewhere :

Even though we are huge fans of Windows 7 for its ability to run existing applications, there was clearly no desire or even interest to write anything new for Windows. All the innovations in hardware and software have shifted to mobile devices and mobile apps. Windows 7 could not do anything to curb these tectonic movements, which started after 2000.

This stop technical support of Windows — at the end of 10 years all the same — key system still active in the nature. According to the statistics of MarketShare (obtained by observing the visits of web browsers), it weighs 26 % of the market, behind Windows 10 with 54 % and before macOS Catalina with 4 %.

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