Thank you Windows

The end of an era. It is finally here. The specific end of support day for Windows 7 is today, January 14, 2020. I think it is more than fair to take some time to think about these times and point out some of them.


Many of you might be aware, but Windows 7 was developed as part of the Windows NT-family and became globally available on October 22, 2009 only three years after Windows Vista. Roughly 1,000 developers worked on it.

These were broadly divided into “core operating system” and “Windows client experience”, in turn organized into 25 teams of around 40 developers on average. You can read more on that at by Steven Sinofsky.

A little throwback? Let’s take a look at the default taskbar:

The reinvented taskbar

Not only the taskbar is a throwback but also the system requirement (can be found at

  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

And my favorite additional requirement:

  • Internet access (fees may apply)

What would a little history lesson look like without the startup sound. Therefore, here you go:

Windows 7 startup sound

Messages & pictures you might have seen about Windows 7

Back to success

Windows 7 succeeded in doing what Windows Vista had previously been denied: In the 1st quarter after the release, it replaced Windows XP as the operating system most frequently used by ComputerBase readers with around 40 percent. It only took Windows 7 three months to achieve what Windows Vista had at most in three years.

In the beginning, it was even more Windows Vista users than Windows XP users who promoted its rise by switching to Windows 7. Two years later, Windows 7 had almost 70 percent market share, Windows XP was 12, Windows Vista was only 4 percent. – Source and graphic by Computerbase – Article in German can be found here.

Operating systems over time

A few last words

For me this operating system was a major part of my early IT-life. I used it in my childhood (even though I experienced MS-DOS, Win 95, XP, NT, 2000 and others), vocational training and in many important, defining times in my life. So, for all of that, thank you Microsoft. It was the operating system which introduced me to SharePoint 2010. I had fun using InfoPath, I had my good and bad times with SharePoint Designer, Office 2007 and much more, all on this operating system.

I hope, I see you next week with my next article. Until then, don’t be afraIT and check my infographics. There is probably a new one coming next Tuesday 🙂

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