Windows will no longer release security updates for the more than 100 million computers running Windows 7 and 8
Microsoft announced that it will stop releasing security updates for Windows 7 and Windows 8. The move comes as no surprise given that these operating systems were no longer officially supported in January 2020 and 2016, respectively.
Despite this, the company’s decision is very bad news for all those users who have not chosen to migrate to a more recent version of Microsoft software. This is because with this measure your computers will be exposed to any type of vulnerability that is discovered by hackers and that has not been corrected in the latest security patch.
Windows security patches are important to keep your computer safe from hackers and other cyber threats. They help protect computers against malicious software, viruses, and other types of computer attacks.
Microsoft constantly releases security patches to fix any vulnerabilities in the Windows operating system that could be exploited by hackers.
By regularly installing these updates, users can reduce the risk of a security breach or virus on their computer. Security patches also help ensure that users have access to the latest features and bug fixes for their operating system. With regular patches, users can be sure that their computers are running optimally and securely.
The biggest problem with this situation is that it is estimated that some 100 million computers around the world work with one of these two versions of Windows, which means that the number of those affected could be significantly high.
Added to this fact is the fact that the main browsers such as Google Chrome are also expected to stop supporting computers with Windows 7 and Windows 8, which in practice makes them even more vulnerable to potential attacks.
That is why experts recommend that all users who have these versions of Windows should make the leap to Windows 10, so that they can continue to receive security updates and therefore be protected.
Rachel Maga is a technology journalist currently working at Globe Live Media agency. She has been in the Technology Journalism field for over 5 years now. Her life’s biggest milestone is the inside tour of Tesla Industries, which was gifted to her by the legend Elon Musk himself.