Windows 7 Support Ends 1 Year From Today

Windows 7 extended support ends in exactly one year's time

Windows 7 extended support ends in exactly one year's time

IN EXACTLY ONE YEAR'S TIME, Microsoft will cease to support its venerable Windows 7 operating system.

Kollective's new "Death of Windows 7" report examined the potential costs and security threats that could arise from continuing to use Windows 7 after the OS is no longer officially supported.

This will come to a halt on 14 January 2020, however, when Microsoft stops supporting the OS completely. Just the opposite, Windows 7 users are down to one final year of free security updates.

Microsoft moved Steven Sinofsky from Office to "get the trains running on time", which he largely did, fixing most of the problems of Vista, re-focusing the marketing on Windows 7 as something new and different, as opposed to Windows Vista R2, which is what it really was.

Enterprises, with 10,000 or more terminals would need to pay Microsoft in excess of $1.4m a year to continue to receive support for Windows 7. Prices will vary depending on volume (charges are per machine), and how far out from the EoL date we are.

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The risks of exploits aimed at vulnerabilities in Windows 7 will increase substantially, especially because Windows versions share a large part of the code, and numerous discovered security flaws affect more than just a specific product. Recently shared statistics revealed that Windows 10 only just took the title of the most popular desktop OS from Windows 7 at the end of 2018.

Kollective's research found that 17 percent of IT departments were unsure when the end of support deadline is, while 6 percent were aware of the end of support but had yet to start planning for their migration away from Windows 7.

Enterprises can use Microsoft 365 Business plan to enjoy the free Windows 10 upgrade option for users with a Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 Pro license on their device. Many Windows XP holdouts upgraded to Windows 7 and have remained there for the last decade. Is it time to say goodbye to Windows 7 and look toward the next big thing?

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.

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