Software has its own life cycle resembling that of a human being. It requires a civil ending to itself, namely, fading from users’ lives in a gradual and decent manner. For Windows 7, it’s way to say goodbye is to warn users that security updates will soon come to an end.
It’s always hard to wave goodbye. It’s been hard for Windows 7 to retire. A decade has passed since Windows 7 started to serve individual and corporate clients in 2009. As of February 2019, 33.89% of computers running Windows are running Windows 7.
In order to encourage growth and upgrades of the new system, Microsoft once in a while allowed Windows 7 users to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. With those incentives gone, many only have the lack of security updates to look ahead to, which will put business data and systems at risk of cyberattack.
Apparently a product susceptible to unknown dangers will fail to meet the very basic need of daily usage. This could count as an effective move for the retirement to stay civil. Meanwhile, seen from another perspective, it demonstrates the importance of cybersecurity.
Such has been the case for a household PC operating system, let alone what’s it like for the ubiquitous email system. For most, sending, receiving and organizing emails are part and parcel of their job. In case of scam, phishing, ransom and BEC (Business Email Compromise) that compromise your privacy and confidential information, you might as well keep an eye on the security issue of your email.