Microsoft ends support community around Windows 7, 8.1, Office 2010 and Office 2013

Microsoft told  customers that from next month, his workers no longer participate in the online community support forums dedicated to solving the problems of users of Windows 7 and many other products. Business forums TechNet support this amendment does not.

In addition to Windows 7, this notice also affected the following products: Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1, Office 2010 and Office 2013, antivirus Security Essentials and the first facilities Surface and Surface Pro 2 in the first

Microsoft indeed argued that ending support community refers to products that support is over, but Windows 7 and 8.1 were excluded only from mainstream support and extended support will last for several years (Windows 7 and January 2020 Windows 8.1 until 2023).

Discussion forums that have umbrella name Microsoft Community are located at URL answers.microsoft.com  and mainly serve to discuss common users, but sometimes here and enter employees and posts published here, provide explanations, solutions to problems. It is this "official" line should be cut in July.

Other forms of support, including security updates will continue as planned redmondskej company. According to some experts, the reason for this step the fact that the June 30 Microsoft ends its financial year and the change is related to the reallocation of resources. In other motivation it is different - the company wants to do older versions of Windows and Office less attractive and so encourage users to switch to Windows 10, Office 365 and other newer software.

However prevalent belief that Microsoft will not pursue these measures and withdraws its employees and the discussion forums on the website IT administrators TechNet.

Source: computerworld.com.