Windows 7, adieu

Life’s so funny when you’re enjoying it! 😈

After 10 years one of the most successful operating systems made in Redmond has reached is reaching its End-Of-Life the 14th January 2020. Users still running Windows 7 on their PCs in those days are being prompted to do an upgrade (software and maybe even hardware) to their systems.

Here at work we’ve migrated to Windows 10 some time ago, and apart two machines, used for specific purposes only we do not have any Windows 7 installation running.

I do hope you’ve done the same, or better have migrated to other systems (Ubuntu, Fedora, Manjaro or — well, you know I’m a  guy! — to a Mac). If you haven’t I do strongly suggest to take an action, since in this iper-connected world it’s vital to have upgraded systems exposed ‘to the web’.

A couple of friends told me that up to this date the free (as in beer) upgrade from previous systems to Windows 10 is still working, even if officially it has stopped a couple of years ago. Just download the Media Creation Tool directly from Microsoft, create a bootable USB pen and proceed with the upgrade.

Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 die on Tuesday


 Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 are reaching ‘end of life’ on Tuesday, meaning they’re no longer supported by Microsoft.

A patch, which goes live on January 12, will nag Internet Explorer users on launch to upgrade to a modern browser. KB3123303 adds the nag box, which will appear for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 users still using the old browsers after installing the update.


I personally don’t use any of those. But there are an awful lot of italians’ public administration tools that requires old versions of those browsers (AVCP, CNR general protocol, etc) … it’ll be funny to see how fast they’ll upgrade

Windows Phone has a new application problem

American Airlines, Chase Bank, Bank of America, NBC, Pinterest, and Kabam have all discontinued their Windows Phone apps in the past year. These huge apps have simply disappeared or will no longer be updated. Some companies have cited a lack of Windows Phone users, and others have remained silent, but each removal has put Microsoft another step behind in the mobile race.

It’s not just third-party apps disappearing, either. Microsoft has removed several MSN apps and its popular Photosynth app, and the software maker has also killed off a number of special Lumia camera apps. Windows Phone users still don’t have great Skype or Office apps like Microsoft produces for the iPhone. It’s stunning that, after five years, the best experience of using Skype or Office on a phone isn’t on one powered by Windows. This will change in Windows 10 Mobile, but it’s not available yet.

OSnews reports this … If you think about it this new failure was in the air.