End of life for a software or hardware product is the time when there won’t be any support from the manufacturer for that particular product. Microsoft has announced that it will stop providing support for Windows 7 by 14th day of January, 2020. If you are running Windows 7 and think January 2020 is still far away, you need to have a rethink because you need to do a lot of things that will ensure an effortless changeover.
What Happens at End of Life?
There are two service periods for all Windows operating systems – mainstream and extended support. When an operating system (OS) is released by Microsoft, it will go through a mainstream support period which can last for many years. During the mainstream support period, the company may come up with new features to boost the performance of the OS. Afterwards, it will enter the extended support period when new features will not be released but updates. As soon as the extended support period ends, the OS will enter end of life when it will not receive further updates. Other major software that work with the OS like Dropbox, Microsoft Office, Firefox, Chrome, etc., will stop releasing updates for the OS since it has reached end of life.
What Windows Version Will Replace Windows 7?
There have been two major releases after Windows 7 – Windows 8 and 10. Windows 8 was not widely received due to some issues with it and an upgrade to Windows 8.1 did not help matters. Windows 10 is the latest OS from Windows and it was released in July 2015. It was released with a model called Windows as a Service (WaaS) which will enhance its sustainability. This means that you don’t need to purchase a new OS in future as there will be continuous update to Windows 10. It is the last version of Windows, according to the company, and this is good news for businesses.
How You Can Prepare?
January 2020 is not so far away and the earlier you start the migration process, the better for your business. Many basic applications will work with Windows 10 but some proprietary or old programs may not be compatible. In addition, some old devices like printers may not be compatible and you may need to buy a new one.
A successful changeover requires proper identification of machines that should be upgraded and a timeline should be developed. You should also come up with a budget that will be adequate for the upgrade and security controls should be implemented in order to set aside Windows 7 systems that cannot be upgraded. Your plan should also include training for your employees so that they will be better positioned to handle the new system. You can migrate some users to Windows 10 before the expiration of Windows 7 so that you can test-run some applications before a full upgrade.
Windows 7 Will Soon Come To a Close
This is an absolute and lamentable fact, but it is up to you to be well prepared. Windows 7 is a wonderful OS but its manufacturer has to stop its support so as to focus on developing modern products. If you can take your time to understand the implication of a transition to Windows 10 for your business, you will be able to avoid difficulties when the OS reaches its end of life in 2020. If your company needs help in upgrading from Windows 7, you can get in touch with us and we will be glad to be of great assistance.
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