Starting in April, Microsoft is readying up to remind users January 2020 end-of-support deadline through an advanced notification that will periodically pop-up on devices running Windows 7.
Beginning April 2019, Windows 7 users will be reminded that the “end of support for Windows 7 is less than a year away. ”
However, being just a “courtesy reminder,” users will be able to shut them off through an option “do not notify me again.”
This is not the first time, Microsoft did the same earlier when Windows XP support was reaching to end in 2014.
End of support mean, Microsoft will no longer provide free support, including security updates for Windows 7 after January 14, 2020, with Office 2010 following shortly thereafter.
The pop-up reminder will also include a link to a page with information on how to transfer data from Windows 7 PC to a newer and secured Windows 10 and Office 365/Microsoft 365.
Simply, click on the “learn more” button on the notification.
In addition to resources and guidance dedicated to making a move to the Windows 10 together with Office 365/Microsoft 365, Microsoft has a few options to help those who won’t be able to migrate to Windows 10 by the Jan 4, 2020, end of support date.
- Paid Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) through Jan 2023. This ESU’s will be sold per-device basis with an increase in pricing each year.
- Windows Virtual Desktop, a Windows 7 device with free ESU through Jan 2023 with legacy apps support will be available soon.
- Office 365 ProPlus will be supported on active Windows 7 ESU through Jan 2023.
Windows 7 ESUs will be available for purchase starting April 1, 2019.
Those who are seeking guidance for transitioning to a modern desktop with Microsoft 365, can use “Modern Desktop Deployment Center.”
“The Desktop App Assure program provides dedicated engineering resources to remediate any application compatibility issues.”
A Microsoft 365 desktop includes Windows 10 and Office 365.
Microsoft Windows 10 is now running on 800 Million devices.
In other related news, Microsoft is planning to release “System Center 2019” later in March 2019.
System Center coming to Volume Licensing Service Center will be a Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) release. This will be followed up by another LTSC System Center release instead of a SAC.
In the meantime, Microsoft will add new System Center features between LTSC releases through Update Rollups.
With System Center 2019, Microsoft will include updates for Data Protection Manager 2019, Orchestrator 2019 and Service Manager 2019.
It will also integrate with management services, such as System Center Operations Manager, Virtual Machine Manager and more.
However, System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) will not be affected and will continue to update three times per year.
Microsoft has rolled out two new Windows Insiders Preview Build this week, first, a new 20H1 Build 18855 released to the Windows Insiders in Skip Ahead.
Second, a new 19H1 Build 18356 to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.
Though, mostly fixes and general updates, the 19H1 build has just one new feature called “Android app-mirroring.”
Android app-mirroring available via Your Phone app, let users mirror their Android phone’s screen on a PC.
Once replicated, users can access all their phone apps on a PC.
Users running Windows 10 19H1 test build 18335 or higher, and Android version 7.0 or newer can use this feature. So far, this feature looks to be limited to the Surface Go.
Microsoft, however, said it will expand the list of supported PCs and phones over time.
Here is an example screenshot of showing Your Phone open on the desktop: