Windows 7 might be old but it’s still a hugely popular operating system.
Latest stats suggest that millions of PCs still have this software installed and that appears to be a worry for Microsoft.
The US technology firm has already warned users that it’s ending support for Window 7 at the beginning of 2020 which means there will be no new security updates pushed out to users.
In a statement, Microsoft explained: “All good things must come to an end, even Windows 7.
“After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running Windows 7.
“But you can keep the good times rolling by moving to Windows 10.”
With that date looming it seems Microsoft is on an upgrade offensive which it hopes will get people switching to Window 10.
The firm has revealed it’s about to start sending out alerts in an attempt to get Windows 7 fans to switch to the latest 10 software.
In a post on its website Microsoft said: “Beginning next month, if you are a Windows 7 customer, you can expect to see a notification appear 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, our hope is that you have time to plan and prepare for this transition.”
There’s still many people who simply don’t want to switch to Windows 10 and these notifications are unlikely to go down well with everyone.
Luckily, it seems Microsoft is aware that its constant reminders could cause some irritation with the firm saying users will be able to select an option “do not notify me again.”
Microsoft says it will then not send you any further alerts.
The latest post from Matt Barlow, Corporate Vice President, Windows ends by saying: “Thank you to all of you who have loved Windows 7 and Office 2010 and for letting us serve you and be part of your lives.
“We’re grateful for your loyalty and we’re here to help you through this transition.”
The news of these latest reminders comes as Microsoft has just announced that its Windows 10 operating system is now installed on 800 million PCs across the world.
That huge number is up by over 100 million from six months ago and finally shows that this latest OS is overtaking Windows 7 in popularity.
Microsoft is aiming to have one billion people using its Windows 10 software within the next year and that number now looks highly likely.
Published at Fri, 15 Mar 2019 07:32:00 +0000