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Windows 7 is certainly rather long in the tooth now, but it is still very widely used. As such, despite the general end of support coming in January, Microsoft has committed to keeping Windows 7-based voted machine secure. The company says that it will "provide free security updates for federally certified voting systems running Windows 7 through the 2020 elections, even after Microsoft ends Windows 7 support". Given the problematic nature of recent Windows 10 updates, this may come as little comfort as the Trump 2020 campaign continues. Microsoft points out that it has supported Windows 7 for a decade: "When we released Windows 7, we committed to supporting it for 10 years, and we've honored that commitment. We've also reminded customers about this along the way including, most recently, in January and again in March. This process is similar to how we've ended support for other operating systems in the past, and the majority of our customers have already made the move to Windows 10". "As we head into the 2020 elections, we know there is a relatively small but still significant number of certified voting machines in operation running on Windows 7. We also know that transitioning to machines running newer operating systems in time for the 2020 election may not be possible for a number of reasons, including the lengthy voting machine certification process --tr a process we are working with government officials to update and make more agile. Since we announced our Defending Democracy Program, we've focused on bringing the best of Microsoft's security products and expertise to political campaigns, parties, the election community, and democracy-focused nongovernmental organizations". For more refer to OUR FORUM.

 

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