A software developer with more than 25 years of experience in software development will be the first to know when Microsoft will announce its decision to end the support for its two operating systems.
Microsoft plans to remove support for the operating system in March 2020.
A similar decision will be made for Windows 8 and Windows 10, Microsoft’s next versions of its operating systems, which will be released in 2018.
Microsoft is planning to retire its existing legacy software and apps from the Windows Store, which has existed since Windows XP.
Microsoft has also announced plans to release new versions of Windows and Windows Server on the App Store in 2018 and 2020.
Microsoft says that by 2020, the company will no longer support its legacy software products on Windows 8 or Windows Server.
Microsoft’s announcement follows the announcement last week by Apple that it plans to end its support for Mac OS X. Apple also plans to retire support for Office for Windows in 2019.
Microsoft is planning support for software on Microsoft Surface devices, which it says will be supported for a few more years.