Support for Windows 7 will end one year from today

Support for Windows 7 will end one year from today

IN EXACTLY ONE YEAR'S TIME, Microsoft will cease to support its venerable Windows 7 operating system. The price will increase each year, but customers with Windows software assurance, Windows 10 Enterprise or Windows 10 Education subscriptions will get a discount.

Even more concerning than the number of businesses still running Windows 7 is the fact that 16 per cent of IT professionals admitted to still running Windows XP and Windows Vista on some of their machines even though support for these operating systems ended over three years ago.

Most of the aforementioned Windows users will upgrade to Windows 10 or move to macOS/Linux.

It's not surprising to see PC users running an old version of Windows.

The firm's research shows that, worse still, 17 per cent of IT departments didn't know when Microsoft's end of support deadline hit, while six per cent were aware of the date but hadn't yet started planning for their migration away from Windows 7. Just the opposite, Windows 7 users are down to one final year of free security updates.

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Are you still using Windows 7? Why? That's a huge chunk of computers, and chances are it will still be a huge chunk of computers come end-of-support on January 14 of 2020.

Some will continue using their systems without being protected by Microsoft with new patches and security updates. Then came Windows 8, which few people cared for, and though Windows 10 was a major improvement, Microsoft's new update-driven model and integrated ads turned many users off from Microsoft's latest OS. Likewise, it hints at lingering hesitation to upgrade to Windows 10.

Needless to say, Windows 7 won't just stop working overnight. In September, Microsoft announced it would extend Windows 7 security updates through January 2023, but only to enterprise users who buy in volume.

This could convince many to stick with Windows 7 even longer, but sooner or later, upgrading to a newer Windows version would still become the only way to go. What will you do after January 14, 2020? Windows 7 brought improved interface elements, window management, and it was easier on system resources.

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