Windows 7 says Goodbye to Mainstream Support

Windows 7 is leaving mainstream support affected Jan 13, 2014.

Here’s the important highlights:

  • Security Updates will continue being released
  • New features and non-security updates will no longer be released
  • Hotfixes will be released, but only if they are security related
  • Free support tickets for Windows 7 are no longer, but paid support is available
  • Businesses can sign up for extended hotfix support if you want continued hotfix support for non-security issues
  • This is different from the recent XP support change as XP is no longer getting any updates, including security, unless the business pays for extended support.

For more information on the Microsoft support lifecycle, visit: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/lifecycle