In less than 4 weeks – January 16, 2020, the lifecycle of Windows 7 will officially end when Microsoft stops providing security patches for this 10-year-old operating system. This will force businesses to update to Windows 10, and will inevitably bring a mass of users to abandon Windows 7. At some point, Windows 7 will die an inevitable death like Windows XP. 5 years ago.
But for tech aficionados, Windows 7 will forever hold an important place. And this is why.
The tech world has a joke that Microsoft will often mix successful versions of Windows with bad versions of Windows, and this is completely true of the schedules from 98 to ME, XP and Vista. Following the success of XP, Vista was a disaster in many respects: performance, compatibility, security …
On the other hand, Vista also offers a refreshing experience through the Aero interface. Windows users therefore have to accept an unpleasant situation: watching the “suspended” Vista experience without dare to install because of fear of errors.
Windows 7 is the answer to that worry. Above all, Windows 7 is a huge patch for Vista. The promises that come with Vista have come true, and so it is not difficult to understand when Windows 7 was loved right from the release. Within 1 year, Windows 7 sales reached 100 million units.
Clearly, Vista’s problems have prevented many users from giving up Windows XP, which is also a beloved version. This led to an inevitable situation: many people have never used Vista, instead updating directly from XP to Windows 7. The release date of these two (beloved) versions is up to 8 years apart, saying alternatively, XP users have waited too long for a new and stable Windows experience. The hallmark of Windows 7 for those who once loved XP so even more bold.
Launched in 2009, Windows 7 is in the middle of two of the most important technology devices in hi-tech history: in the coming years, the smartphone will replace the PC to become an important technology device. most important. Young people who grow up around this time will probably start their digital lives with smartphones or iPads instead of bulky PCs like before.
This is what makes Windows 7 a symbol of a technology age that has long gone. If someone told you that they know how to install Windows, remove the hard drive or add more RAM when they were in middle school, it’s likely that he or she grew up in the pre-smartphone era, the era of Windows 7.
For technology users only in Vietnam, Windows 7 comes with a special era: “soft” laptops (under 10 million dong) have begun to appear. The laptop began to enter the auditorium, starting to become an acceptable alternative to desktop PCs. And as the computer experience becomes more personal, more accessible, the process of universalizing the Internet is thus further accelerated.
Therefore, Windows 7 also became the first personal PC experience, the first connection experience of many of us.
For gamers, Windows 7 brings another special memory: many games started to require 4GB to run smoothly – typically Grand Theft Auto IV. Therefore, Windows 7 became reluctant to become an operating system that saw many gamers begin to switch from 32-bit Windows to 64-bit Windows to be able to use 4GB of RAM or more.
Following the forgotten tradition, Microsoft followed Windows 7 with a bad version – Windows 8. Due to focusing on tablets, Windows 8 removed the Start Menu, replaced many familiar applications with touch applications and Even heavier users through the Start screen contains a lot of unnecessary content.
Facing this situation, many people have chosen to stay with Windows 7. Even, it is not until the end of January 2019 Windows 10 can overthrow Windows 7 to become the most popular version of Windows in the world. Thus, for many people, Windows 7 has more than 7 years of attachment.
It’s a shame that that journey will eventually come to an end: when it stops supporting security patches in January, Windows 7 will become a bait for hackers – in other words, an operating system. avoid. Goodbye, Windows 7, but thanks for the memorable years.