Windows 7 to nag users into replacing it

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Windows 7 to nag users into replacing it

Microsoft has announced that Windows 7 users will soon see messages advising them to upgrade to Windows 10.

The company styled the notifications as a “courtesy reminder” that users will see “a handful of times” throughout 2019.

Microsoft last year revealed that support for Windows 7 will end on 14 January 2020, while Office 2010 will stop receiving updates by 13 October the same year.

“By starting the reminders now, our hope is that you have time to plan and prepare for this transition,” Microsoft said in a blog post.

“These notifications are designed to help provide information only and if you would prefer not to receive them again, you’ll be able to select an option for ‘do not notify me again’, and we will not send you any further reminders.”

Those who click on the notifications will be taken to information on "the latest line-up of modern PCs and information for moving from Windows 7 to Windows 10".

Microsoft's post announcing its new nagware also calls for Windows 7 users to adopt Office 365. That suggestion is in line with Microsoft's recent call for users to ignore Office 2019 in favor of Office 365. 

For those not quite willing to make the move, Microsoft last year revealed it will offer a paid security support add-on called Extended Security Updates (ESU), which will be offered until 2023.

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