January 14th, 2020 is a date for your diaries. This is the date Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7, marking the end of over a decade of service from the operating system, which has become a favourite of users around the world.
Who is still using Windows 7?
Millions around the world are still using Microsoft 7.
Over the past few years, many people have opted to stay with Windows 7 rather than upgrade to Windows 8 or 10. An example of its popularity is that in 2009, Windows 7 broke Amazon UK’s pre-order records. Some years later, Windows 8 was released, however, many chose to stay with the tried and tested Windows 7. It was seen as a reliable operating system that was easy to use and navigate for all users. However, with the End of Support deadline quickly approaching, users must ask themselves if they are ready to upgrade to a new operating system?
What does the End of Support mean?
As Windows 7 End of Support is quickly approaching, what does this actually mean for Windows 7 users? Basically, it means the clock is ticking on their online security.
Microsoft, when a new operating system is released, commits to a support period. These periods often have a start and end date. During a support period, the operating system will receive regular patches and updates to ensure your data remains secure.
When support ends for a platform, it means that it no longer receives patches and these exploits will not be fixed. This means that your risk of becoming a victim of cybercrime will increase.
I use Windows 7 – What can I do?
You need to upgrade. You can continue to use Windows 7 until January 14th, 2020, but it is essential that you upgrade before this deadline. This could mean that you upgrade your operating system or your existing computer. Either way, to stay protected you should begin thinking about what to do.
There are two main options for Windows 7 users:
Upgrade to Windows 10 – The clear solution to the Windows 7 End of Support is to upgrade to Windows 10. Windows 10 is a reliable, functional and easy to navigate operating system. If you have an older computer, be sure to check that it has the specs to support Windows 10.
Buy a new computer – Another option for you, if you are currently using Windows 7 is to purchase a new computer. If you are using an aged machine, you may need to upgrade both your operating system and computer. Any new Windows PC you buy in 2019 will be preloaded with Windows 10.
To arrange an upgrade to Windows 10 or to learn more about upgrading your computer contact our sales team.
When will support end for Windows 10?
Support for Windows 10 may never end. At the time of its release, Microsoft stated that Windows 10 would be the ‘last Windows ever’. The goal is that Windows 10 will serve as an ever-evolving platform that will replace the more regular numbered updates we have seen in the past. This means that we will probably never see a Windows 11.
The chances are that over the years, and through its many updates, Windows 10 will change quite a bit from its original form while still retaining the same title.
However, although Windows 10 will continue without an end date, the versions of it will have end of support deadlines. Through continuous updates, Microsoft aims to prolong the life of Windows 10 for years to come. For this reason, it is essential that you keep your device up to date.
Now is the time to start thinking about upgrading your devices to Windows 10. Our team can help you create an upgrade plan to ensure your systems are upgraded before the January 14th, 2020 deadline. To help you begin your upgrading process, contact us to get your FREE Windows 7 Audit!