It's official! Microsoft will discontinue all support on their Windows 7 operating system after January 14, 2020. With a strong recommendation to move to Windows 10 before that time, many users are left wondering what this means and if this will truly impact their use of Windows 7. For this, we have answers.
Windows 7 End of Life Q&A:
What Does "End of Life" Mean?
"End of life" is the date after which an application is no longer supported by the company that makes it. After Windows 7 "end of life," you can continue to use the OS, but at your own risk. New computer viruses and other malware are developed all the time and, without the security updates to fight them off, your data and your system are vulnerable.
Why Is the Windows 7 Lifecycle Ending?
The Windows 7 "end of life" cycle is similar to that of previous Microsoft operating systems. Microsoft states, “Every Windows product has a lifecycle. The lifecycle begins when a product is released and ends when it's no longer supported. Knowing key dates in this lifecycle helps you make informed decisions about when to update, upgrade or make other changes to your software.”
What do they mean by "extended support"?
Between now and then, the operating system (OS) is in an in-between phase known as “extended support.” During this phase, Microsoft is offering paid support, though not the complimentary support that comes with the license; and will continue to provide security updates, but not design and feature updates. Be we warn you: Even though Microsoft says it will support Windows 7 until January 2020, it began blocking older machines, such as those using Pentium III, in June 2018. Microsoft can block support for any machine at any time, so Windows 7 users should be prepared.
Upgrading From Windows 7
Instead of using an old and unsupported operating system, upgrade to Microsoft’s most recent OS. Windows 10 was released in 2015. It supports apps that can be used across multiple devices, including PCs, tablets, and smartphones. It also supports touchscreen, keyboard, and mouse input methods. Windows 10 is faster than Windows 7 and provides a number of other useful benefits.
What are my options for upgrading from Windows 7?
Today's users have more options than ever. Office 365 also offers users a seamless experience that is easy to maintain and reduces the need to maintain an expensive hard drive and memory space. At Blue Fox Group, we assist SMBs to evaluate their options and make the most economical and efficient choice based on the needs of their operations and staff. Best of all, we don't charge for the initial evaluation meeting. We simply want to help you find the best overall "next step" for your organization.