[Development] [Interest] Windows 7 support will be dropped in Qt 6
Corey.Pendleton at qt.io
Thu Jun 11 18:19:11 CEST 2020
I can certainly appreciate your concern here.
Our final Qt 5.15 release is an LTS release for commercial customers. This means we will continue to have support for Windows 7 development under Standard Support until roughly January 2022 with the option to then buy Extended Support and remain on Qt 5.15 indefinitely. We still have customers doing this for Qt 4.8. This is essentially the same thing Microsoft is offering.
From: Development <development-bounces at qt-project.org> On Behalf Of coroberti .
Sent: Thursday, June 11, 2020 9:17 AM
To: Oliver Wolff <Oliver.Wolff at qt.io>; Qt development mailing list <development at qt-project.org>
Subject: Re: [Development] [Interest] Windows 7 support will be dropped in Qt 6
On Thu, Jun 11, 2020 at 4:48 PM Oliver Wolff <oliver.wolff at qt.io> wrote:
> Hi Robert,
> On 11.06.2020 15:02, coroberti . wrote:
> > On Thu, Jun 11, 2020 at 3:43 PM Oliver Wolff <oliver.wolff at qt.io> wrote:
> >> with Qt 6 approaching it is time to have a look at our set of
> >> supported platforms.
> >> The operating system was initially launched in 2009 and reached its
> >> official end of life in January 2020. That means that Microsoft no
> >> longer provides security updates and instances running Windows 7
> >> should be replaced as soon as possible.
> >> Br, Olli
> > Dear Oliver,
> > The fact is that Windows-7 is supported at least till 2023.
> > Please, correct your fact table.
> > https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/partners/news/article/announ
> > cing-paid-windows-7-extended-security-updates
> It's true that Microsoft offers extended support for Windows 7. This
> support does not come for free though and there is a price tag attached.
> I think the same might apply inside The Qt Company. If you are a
> commercial customer and want to buy extended support for Qt beyond
> regular support availability periods, please get in touch with your
> Sales representative.
If you remove Win-7 from Qt-6, your suggested option of support for commercial customers will be void for Qt-6. After removal, it will be a mess to re-introduce it back whatever money you will be paid. Period. Full-Stop.
Qt-6 will have less attractiveness for those bodies that need Win-7:
governments, corporates, military, health, insurance, finance, banks and their suppliers.
At least talk to your Sales prior to doing it since they have a better smell for money.
If Microsoft smells the money -
think twice if you'd like to lose this market in Qt-6.
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