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Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 are dead - long live Windows 11

January 11, 2023

Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 are dead - long live Windows 11
Everything that has a beginning also has an end. Neo says it, thinking back to the words of the Oracle, in the Matrix. It is not an original phrase of that film but it is a quote that is also well suited for Windows. Microsoft has ended the propagation of updates and support for Windows 7, 8.1 and RT. And, while we're at it, even Microsoft Edge will no longer be updated when installed on these OS versions. Chrome will cease the update in early February.
When you dig deeper,Windows 7 ended support three years ago, but it has such a large installed base that companies have voluntarily paid for 36 months of additional support to receive security updates. And, also, to move the transition to Windows 11 forward in time. Even if there is always the Windows 10 option, more mature but less efficient overall than the 11 release.
Moreover, it is not possible to get extended support, even if you want to pay, for Windows 8.1. The almost obligatory recommended step is therefore Windows 11.
Considering then that Microsoft, if it were to keep the commitment made last year, should update Windows in a major way every two years. So if not this year, 2024 will be dedicated to a hypothetical Windows 12. Meanwhile, Windows 11 continues to receive many patches, improvements and refinements. So much so that today it boasts excellent graphic, functional and performance qualities.
Of course, the support for Arm platforms is not at the level of the synergy that Apple has found with macOS and the M series processors (Apple Silicon). On this front, Microsoft has ample room for improvement and can no longer be satisfied with having the operating system that best optimizes and "squeezes" Intel hardware. Windows 11 and Core processors, especially in the Evo version, are made for each other.
For their part, Windows 7 and 8.1 will not go down in history for being greeted with affection or for being successful. Companies have taken full advantage of Windows 7 because in the evolution of the operating system it was, by dispersion, the best release available. Up to Windows 11, which made us rediscover the pleasure of using both the services and the Microsoft platform. However, the two editions of Windows that are effectively ending their useful life these days had one advantage: they were the foundations for designing the Surface range. Which, in many ways, has made it possible to evolve and innovate the way of thinking, building and using PCs.
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