Today Microsoft issues its final free security update for Windows 7, putting an end to that operating system's decade.
To remember that service — a retirement party but without the cloyingly sweet cake and cheap gold watch — Computerworld selected seven highlights of Windows 7. While the seven do not pretend to trace Windows 7's history, they illustrate the influence and impact of the OS.
Here's to Windows 7. Raise a glass, for cryin' out loud.It salvaged Microsoft's reputation after the Vista debacle
The numbers say it all.
Windows Vista, the 2006 replacement for Windows XP, topped out at 20% of all Windows versions in October 2009. Even though the OS it followed was long in the tooth — XP was nearly twice the age of a typical version when it was supplanted — Vista struggled to put a dent in its forerunner's share.