End of the line for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1

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An era is ending: Extended support for Windows 7 has been discontinued. This means that the operating system is finally dead.

Around 11 percent of all computers in the world still run Windows 7. Although support for the operating system ended in 2020, companies could buy themselves a longer transition period. This extended support has now officially expired on January 10, 2023.

Support also ends for Windows 8.1
But not only the time Windows 7, which came on the market in October 2009, has expired. Microsoft is also ending extended support for Windows 8.1, four years younger. Likewise, Google is discontinuing support for the Chrome web browser in Windows 7 and 8.1.

The fact that Microsoft is ending support for the operating systems does not mean that running PCs or laptops will no longer be usable. Instead, no new functions will be introduced, and security gaps will no longer be closed. This makes it easier for cybercriminals to hack these systems and steal data or install ransomware.

Devices should be used without the Internet
The argument of planned obsolescence cannot be applied to Windows 7. After a good 13 years, the operating system is simply obsolete. Besides, it is still possible to use the devices separately from the Internet.

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