Fri, Apr 26, 2019
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Microsoft is Pushing Forward With Windows 10
Selling extended windows updates seems like a low blow for Microsoft, but there are options. Enterprise customers with Volume Licenses Agreement (VLA) software Assurance and/or Enterprise or Education subscriptions will get a discount. Microsoft will be providing them with security patches to 2023.
If you opt to buy the Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop Service allowing software versions of windows to run in the cloud can get these updates for free until 2023.
Also on the chopping block is other popular Microsoft software. Support is ending on January 14, 2020: Exchange Server 2010, Windows Server 2008/R2, and Windows 7 for Embedded Systems (but not Windows Embedded Standard 7)
I was wondering if they were going to extend support like they did XP (I miss it a little). It seems they are continuing to keep to the deadline with some exception, but not for the average person. I can only wonder how many users that are not ready for this.
Microsoft has failed at making Edge anything worth using. I quit using IE around 2001 when I found Firefox on Linux. It was love at first site. I used it for about 15 years and switched to Chrome one day. I have never looked back. Not that I don’t have love for Firefox just haven’t needed to fix Chrome by changing back to Firefox yet as I did with Firefox by switching to Chrome (did that make sense?) Now edge is going to put Chrome guts in IE and still call it IE. I mean Edge.
Windows 8 and 8.1 (The difference is they brought back the start bar) is next, but this is not a requiem. It was not well received anyhow. I thought it was rude to take such a core part of Windows away. Windows 8.1 will get put to rest at the beginning of 2023. They are leaving windows 10 to get continued support based on the version of Windows 10 they are using. You can see the official life-cycle page here.