We expect that when Microsoft stops support for Win 7, any offer of software updates will be Apple style to stop Win 7 working properly. And since Microsoft has announced that Win 10 will be available only by annual subscription, too expensive for the average PC user, is an exit from 7 an easy choice? Except that the strategists at Microsoft who plot world domination have planned ahead, and ending support for Win 7 is a consequence of the strategy. Microsoft's strategy to take over Linux started a few years ago when the Microsoft key people could see that Linux was about to take the lead for a PC OS, so had to prepare Microsoft to lose the battle for control of the PC OS market or position Microsoft to be in the driving seat of Linux. At first Microsoft offered modules and bits of software missing from Linux, to be included in Linux, Trojan horse style, in return for concessions from the Linux Foundation. The concessions were to allow Microsoft to take software from Linux, especially security software that Microsoft programmers could not produce, to include in Windows. For example, the file copying process which was copied into Windows 7 without even changing the dialog box. This software exchange was done while marketing Microsoft as a new company, a services company, a modern company embracing change. What was not obvious at the time of this emerging false freindship was the strategy to take charge of Linux, that to date has been several years unfolding, to build a Windows Linux OS. Microsoft has paid substantial bribes to the Linux Foundation key people to hand over Linux core software, notably the security elements. However, the real trick Microsoft has pulled off is claiming intellectual property over how the Microsoft modules are used in Linux. In fact, Microsoft's claim is invalid and would not stand in any intellectual property legal challenge, because protection for intellectual property is not extended to its use once sold or given away, at least in European law. So if Microsoft specifies that it has sold you a Windows licence it cannot dictate how you use Windows on your computer. And if Microsoft dictates what the Linux Founation can do with Microsoft modules, who's going to take Microsoft to court? It is a very dangerous situation for Linux users, like myself, who rely on Linux to be able to get into Windows where Microsoft prevents user access to hidden parts of Windows. People who want control of their own computer, and use dual boot to have Linux and Windows, will find their LInux version unable to get into parts of the Windows filing system. That is, users will not control their own computers because evil Microsoft has taken control. As pointed out correctly by DW75 on this site, Win 10, as all Windows versions to some degree, contains a lot of software that captures information about computer hardware identity, to track web searches, and to copy internet traffic. My previous financial contribution to the Linux Foundation was not so that Microsoft could take control and sell a version of Linux back to me. Fu**ers. The hope is that the Linux community will rebel against the take over by Microsoft. Certainly Microsoft has positioned itself very carefully and has enormous resources to use, but the response by the community is not that difficult. Bring in the Linux gurus, hack Windows and make everything in Windows Linux available free. Then produce the software to give Linux users control over our own computers. Noli nothis permittere te terere.