After 10 years, support for Windows 7 is coming to an end on January 14, 2020, and Microsoft says you can expect to see a notification appear on your Windows 7 PC.
End of support means that your Windows 7 or Office 2010 software will no longer receive updates, including security updates.
Microsoft say that beginning next month, if you are a Windows 7 user, you will see a pop-up on your Windows 7 PC. This is a courtesy reminder that you can expect to see a handful of times in 2019. By starting the reminders now, Microsoft hopes that you will eventually prepare for a transition to Window 10.
Windows 7 users who would prefer not to receive the notifcationsm would have be able to select an option for “do not notify me again,” Mocrosoft says.
Microsoft has previously experimented with pop-up notifications across Windows 10—tips to push users to OneDrive, for example. But there was also the infamous “click the X” pop-up that encouraged users to upgrade to Windows 10, and essentially tricked users into doing so.
An estimated 40 percent of all PCs run Windows 7, according to NetMarketshare.
Microsoft has also setup a dedicated Microsoft Windows 7 site that attempts to help educate Windows 7 users on what they need to be concerned about.
Buying Windows 10 Home requires a one-time fee of about $129.99. Office 365 Home costs $99.99 per year.