Microsoft Leaves Windows 7 Vulnerable on Purpose, Keeps Windows 8 Fully Secure

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  1. Feandur

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    Any thoughts??

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  2. Peter2150

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    Whether it is true or not, doesn't matter to me. I don't trust Microsoft for securing my system anyway. I count on other software I use.

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  3. Daveski17

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    Nothing surprises me anymore with Microsoft. I doubt that the next computer that I purchase will have it as an operating system. The most recent computer I bought runs Android. I think it is curtains for Windows, personally. Before the fanbois rush to castigate me for being a 'hater' I have to point out Win 7 is probably the best OS I have ever run. This news, if true, is yet just another nail in my heart.

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  4. noone_particular

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    They patch XP after support ends while not patching a supported operating system. This demonstrates just how overrated their support for an OS really is and how little you lose without it.
     
  5. DoctorPC

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    Answer: Install Windows 8.1x and win.

    7 is pretty bad in comparison anyway, so why bother with it? Witness my Win8.1 boot times (on all 8 machines)

    http://tinypic.com/player.php?v=2aep0tf&s=8#.U5dSwdRsr4Y

    Also to the doomsayers. It will never be 'curtains' for Windows. People have been saying that since the 1990s, and look where we are today. Good luck installing/uninstalling Linux Distros for the rest of your life, and discovering they aren't a panacea. Fact is, Windows is here to say for the foreseeable future, and nothing will change that.
     
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    Spoken like a true sock puppet. If Microsoft can't be trusted to fulfill their obligations on Win 7, why should anyone believe that Win 8 will be any different. IMO, if MS doesn't fix Win 7, they're violating their own terms regarding support and should be sued for breach of contract.
     
  7. Kerodo

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    It is obvious that MS doesn't care about the desktop and laptop user any more. And they have already failed in the mobile marketplace. Windows is all but over... They have generated so much negative goodwill in the past year or two, that Windows 9 is sure to be just another step down the road to their eventual doom.
     
  8. Gullible Jones

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    @DoctorPC: If I'm a business or nonprofit that depends heavily on Windows 7, do you really think I'd do that? That's where this is really going to hurt... Assuming, anyway, that it's not some variety of tempest in a teapot.

    (Upgrades are a tremendous pain, even with provisioned Linux server VMs and remote configuration scripts and whatnot.)
     
  9. Gullible Jones

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    BTW, aside from the trust issues with home users and dropping off support unpredictably, there's another problem: upgrades cost a fair amount of money and quite a bit of time, and usually involve lots and lots of breakage...
     
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    An article full of speculation and troll bait, with no hard facts. Just another day on the internet...
     
  11. DoctorPC

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    Also the article was sourced at 'The Register', known for it's sensationalism, and non-factual reporting.
     
  12. Minimalist

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    As long as they patch known and exploited vulnerabilities, they IMO are doing their job. I'm not expecting them to integrate new security mechanisms in older OS. The same will happen with Windows 8 when they release Windows 9.
     
  13. CloneRanger

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    @ DoctorPC

    There are Much more important things than boot time !

    Plus what Noone said.

    The next Windblows is "supposed" to be Free, according to reports last year. So what incentive will they have to keep that updated etc ?
     
  14. Mrkvonic

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    I think this is ~ Snipped as per TOS ~. Clickbait.
    If anything, Microsoft has an excellent support record.
    Second, updates are no biggie really.
    Third, another person going into my ignore list.
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  15. new2security

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    So what is the conclusion the researchers came to? That Microsoft is more or less abandoning W7? Me thinks it smells sensationalism at its finest.
     
  16. Gullible Jones

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    Umm. Can you clarify that please?
     
  17. Mrkvonic

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    Yes, you can run a bunch of months without any updates, and nothing sinister will happen.
    As simple as that - true for any OS in the desktop environment scenario. Servers, another matter.
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  18. Gullible Jones

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    @Mrkvonic

    Workstations are also IMO another matter. They
    - Are running and being used for long periods of time
    - Run a lot of client software of all sorts
    - Typically run SSH or remote management software
    - Tend to get used for Facebook browsing no matter how much you "educate" the users
    - Are used to process sensitive information
    - Are prime targets for spear phishing attacks

    I would also say that workstations used by IT persons are especially problematic, because of the number of sensitive credentials they process, the level of access to other systems, and most importantly the tendency of IT staff to Google around for information on whatever issues are cropping up! If I were a thief and wanted access to someone's network, I'd probably start going after the helpdesk people first.
     
  19. Mrkvonic

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    Let's focus on the desktop really. Not work.
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