Windows 7 RTM Support Ends On April 9, 2013, Move to Service Pack 1, Says Microsoft

Microsoft move to Windows 7 SP1 to continue receiving support by Apr 9. Office 2010 S2 in private beta. Updates its Messenger to Skype migration timeline.

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Windows 7 RTM which was released to public in August 2009, and since has received first Service Pack 1 (SP1) back in Feb. 2011, will no longer be supported starting April 9th of 2013-if you are still running without the SP1.

"Windows 7 RTM (with no service pack) will no longer be supported as of April 9th, 2013, following the standard Windows support lifecycle specifying that support ends 24 months after the release of a new service pack," Microsoft stated.

Adding, that Windows 7 SP1 will continue to be fully supported "with mainstream support continuing until January 13, 2015," and "extended support (paid security updates) continuing until January 14, 2020."

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In addition, the company has also confirmed that it won't release service packs for the Windows platform, but it is preparing a new service pack (SP2) for the Office 2010.

"This service pack beta includes previously unreleased fixes that were made specifically for this service pack. In addition to general product fixes, these fixes include improvements in stability, performance, and security. The service pack beta also includes all the public updates and cumulative updates (hotfixes) that have been released since Service Pack 1," a Microsoft spokesperson was quoted as saying by ZDNet.

"We will continue to deliver traditional (on-premises) client and server releases at intervals that meet our customers' needs," the same spokesperson added.

Microsoft has also updated its timeline for moving its Window Live Messenger user base to Skype.

According to officials, the company plan to discontinue Messenger for a "test group" comprising about one percent of the installed base of "tens of millions" on March 15.

And, starting April 8, "Microsoft will begin phasing out Messenger for the remaining users, starting with those in English-speaking countries, and ending with Portuguese (for some unspecified reason)," reports ZDNet.

The entire "retirement" should be completed by April 30 or so.

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