Microsoft is ending support for Windows 7 and Server 2008 today leaving millions of users in the unenviable position of either having to pay to upgrade to the newest OS Windows 10 or face using an unsecured computer.

Microsoft announced in June 2019 it would be phasing out support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020 which means no more security patches would be rolled out. But even with that amount of lead time and the potentially disastrous outcome of using an unsafe PC has not spurred everyone to take action and the OS still retains a market share for desktop and laptops as of December 2019 between 27 and 32 percent, according to StatCounter and Netmarketshare.

Why so many have put off replacing their now 10-year-old operating system is not hard to judge as upgrading massive numbers of computers is costly and time consuming, but Microsoft has done its due diligence to prepare the market for this day, said Mehul Revankar, director of product management at SaltStack.

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