The Serpent Rider wrote on 2021-06-09, 20:25:
Windows 7 will become retro after 2023. That's when Microsoft will finally pull the lever for all NT 6.x family of OS. Software support will drop rapidly after that point and you won't be able to use Windows 7/8 as a daily driver.
By that point, I'll be exclusively using Linux as a daily driver and reserve Windows for legacy purposes only (i.e. on offline computers or in virtual machines for certain software usage). I just cannot stand Windows 10. The last time I used it, it bugged me monthly to set up a Micro$oft account, which I refuse to do. Amazingly nobody has managed to find a way to permanently get rid of that reminder without signing up for an M$ account, and there are other reasons why I hate Windows 10. So the maximum Windows version I will ever use is Windows 8.1 with Classic/Open Shell (maybe Windows 10 1809 LTSC at a push).
As for macOS, despite it's better 3rd party support, it's apparently out of the question for me since modern Apple products have been problematic at best for me (as already proven by my last post) and Hackintoshes will no longer be an option with the ARM transition.
Admittedly, I'm certain that there will be people dedicated to keeping Windows 7 alive for years to come. We've already seen this happen to prior Windows versions with the Windows 2000 BWC enhanced kernel, hacks to allow XP to run Vista/7 applications, the MyPal web browser for Windows XP, and more recently hacks to allow Vista to run 7 applications. I'm sure after we get to the point where most software will be Windows 10-only, there will be hacks to allow Windows 7 to run Win32 applications that require Windows 8/10 (UWP applications will likely be out of the question, but I generally don't touch those anyway). Also, expect a fan-made Windows 7-compatible web browser forked from something like Pale Moon or Firefox to be a thing after mainstream browsers cut support for it.