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Windows 7 is no longer supported by Microsoft… What does that mean for you as an author? #WritingCommunity

If you are running a Windows 7 PC or laptop, you will be aware that this platform is not longer supported by Microsoft.

Here’s the official quote from their website:

Microsoft made a commitment to provide 10 years of product support for Windows 7 when it was released on October 22, 2009. This 10-year period has now ended, and Microsoft has discontinued Windows 7 support so that we can focus our investment on supporting newer technologies and great new experiences. The specific end of support day for Windows 7 was January 14, 2020. Technical assistance and software updates from Windows Update that help protect your PC are no longer available for the product. Microsoft strongly recommends that you move to Windows 10 to avoid a situation where you need service or support that is no longer available.’

As an author, this will affect you in different ways, including reduced functionality within MS Word/Office products, but the main one, from an editor’s point of view, is that as you no longer have their security support, your files are vulnerable to virus threats.

You can read the full breakdown from Microsoft here.

It is with this in mind that I will no longer be accepting documents created using a Windows 7 PC or laptop. I hope you can understand and appreciate this decision.

If you need further information about upgrading your technology, please follow the link above.