locked Re: Outlook 2010 Issues with 2020.4 release, Windows 7


 

On Mon, Feb 22, 2021 at 10:57 PM, Luke Robinett wrote:
Wow. People still use Windows 7?
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Not to mention Office 2010.  From the End of Support for Office 2010 Page:
Support for Office 2010 ended on October 13, 2020 and there will be no extension and no extended security updates. All of your Office 2010 apps will continue to function. However, you could expose yourself to serious and potentially harmful security risks.

There is a reason that the NVDA Group Rules state, very clearly:
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Unsupported versions of any software may only be discussed on the Chat Subgroup, not the main NVDA Group. 

Windows:  Only Windows 8.1 and currently supported versions of Windows 10.  Members should refer to the Windows Lifecycle Fact Sheet to determine which versions of Windows are currently supported.  Information about the dates on which specific versions of Windows 10 reached or will reach their end of service dates is listed there as well and will be updated as new versions are released. 

Note that it is acceptable to direct a user to the NVAccess or Microsoft sites where older versions can be downloaded, however, this is different than supporting a specific version of software or operating system.

NVDA:  NVDA has, at any given time, a single version under active support.  If a question arises about how to update to that version, and you’re on an earlier version, that will be permitted as transition problems can occasionally occur.

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We are now just short of six years into the era of Windows 10.  Windows 7 is officially out of support.  It is still possible to do an in-place upgrade, at no cost, from Windows 7 or 8.1 to Windows 10.  For those still on Windows 7, that's precisely what they should do.  If you intend to stay in the Windows ecosystem you do not, under any circumstances, use an out-of-support version of that operating system that no longer receives security updates.

The same is true of MS-Office as well.  The most dangerous period is generally the first full year after the date a given version goes out of support, because that's when those who wish to hack have a field day trying to find as-yet-undiscovered vulnerabilities that can then be exploited without any chance of patching.

There are free alternatives to MS-Office and many email clients as well as webmail.  There is a free path to the currently supported version of Windows.  Those options should be accessed when needed, and anyone still using Windows 7 needs to get off of it.

And the quotation of the rules is there so I can emphasize that I will be monitoring, and enforcing same.  If you have chosen to use out-of-support software that is your choice.  But what isn't is trying to discuss it on the NVDA group.  The Chat Subgroup is available, or some other venue.
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Brian - Windows 10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 20H2, Build 19042  

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