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The operating system Windows 7, one of the most popular of the last decade, will no longer receive technical support from this Tuesday the 14th of January, which will make those who continue to use it more vulnerable to attacks from hackers. According to the website Net Market Share, one of every four computers in the world continues to operate with Windows 7, despite the fact that Microsoft already warned a year ago that by the early 2020’s would update the system with new patches as they are discovered potential attacks or weaknesses in the software. In an entry on its website, the company Redmond (state of Washington, USA) suggested to those who continue to use Windows 7 or upgraded your operating system to a more recent one if you have a computer purchased within the last three years, or, if not, buy a new appliance. In practice, and as already happened some years ago with the popular Windows XP, cease to provide updates and technical support will be to those who do not change to a new operating system more vulnerable to potential viruses, trojan horses or attacks by hackers. According to the latest data of December of 2019, more than half of the desktop or laptop computers in the world have installed Windows 10, the latest version of the operating system, but a considerable 26,62 % are still using Windows 7. The rest comprise mainly users of Mac computers with Apple operating systems, Windows 8 and 8.1 (some intermediate systems between the 7 and the 10 that never enjoyed great popularity), Linux, and 2 % of users that are reluctant to abandon Windows XP, even though Microsoft no longer offers support for this software since five years ago. According to the specialized media, the fundamental reason why so many people are still using Windows 7 is to the overall satisfaction of the users with this operating system, as well as the poor reception that Windows 10 had a first time between the part of the customers. Despite stop offering technical support for Windows 7 to the general public, Microsoft will continue to support those companies and government agencies that want it and are willing to pay a lot of money for it. In addition to making the system vulnerable to attacks, to stop providing support to a system leads, in practice, its progressive disappearance from the market, because other companies will manufacture products that are compatible with Windows 7, such as for example internet browsers or programs for editing video and photos.
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January 14, 2020
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