Microsoft To End Mainstream Support For Windows 7 In 2015

Yes, you heard it right. Microsoft is ending support for Windows 7 in 2015. However you needn’t worry much. Microsoft is ending mainstream support for Windows 7 in January next year. But you will still get security updates till 2020 through Extended Support. This Extended Support does also include hotfixes as long as they are security related. Below is an image which shows the lifetime of various Windows versions:
Mainstream support for Windows 8 (and even 8.1) is ending in 2018 however Extended Support will last for 5 years till 2023. You might already know that support for Windows XP has ended in April this year. If you’re still an XP user and upgrading to Windows 7 (and not 8), keep in mind about this news. You will get security updates and support till 2020.
So what does Mainstream support mean? Mainstream support means the support of getting new features to Windows. Till January 13, 2015, Windows 7 will receive some new features via Windows Update. After coming to Extended Support phase, Windows 7 won’t receive any new features but only security updates.

Below given table shows the difference between both types of supports:

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