Microsoft to delete software that 'scares' users into paying for upgrades

Jo Lloyd
February 3, 2018

Microsoft has noticed an increase in the number of free cleaner or optimizer programs using coercive language to drive people to pay for "premium" versions of their software, Terry Myerson, executive vice president for the Windows and Devices Group, said in a blog post Tuesday.

Windows 10 is the latest OS from Microsoft which the company pushed a lot for, even upgraded many users without their consent.

Larger organizations in particular are still hesitant to migrate because of various concerns, most often the automatic update cadence that Microsoft introduced in Windows 10, Mangan said. This will bring its end of life date to October 10, 2025, the same day that extended support for Microsoft Office 2016, the last version of the suite, ends. As per web analytics firm StatCounter, Windows 10 received 42.78 percent of the desktop market, finally edging out 8-year-old Windows 7, which scored 41.86 percent. First and foremost is updates, because Microsoft has already shut down mainstream support of Windows 7. These moves will push IT to migrate to Windows 10 and ensure that any holdouts pay up for Office 365.

In an update published on February 1st, the company revealed that the beta apps for the perpetual version of Office 2019 - as opposed to the subscription Office 365 - will appear in 2018's second quarter and a final release will ship in the second half of the year.

Microsoft says that Office 2019 apps will be supported on any supported Windows 10 SAC [Semi-Annual Channel] release, Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2018 and the next LTSC release of Windows Server.

Additionally, the failure of Windows 8 made Windows 7 a popular choice among business users who usually aren't the early birds when trying new software.

It's an oldie but goodie: Creating a system image of your Windows 10 PC in case your hard drive goes belly up and you need to recover your files, settings and apps.

As for the older versions, Windows 8.1 stands at 8.72 percent, followed by Windows XP at 3.36 percent, Windows 8 at 2.44 percent, and Windows Vista at a meager 0.74 percent.

We will also offer additional paid servicing options for Windows 10 Enterprise and Education releases starting with Windows 10 version 1607. So while you'll still get periodic security patches until extended support for Windows 7 ends in 2020 (which isn't really that far away), you shouldn't expect any more new features or improvements to hit Win 7.

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