Support for Windows 7 will end one 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

The cessation of support could prove a nightmare for enterprises, as according to a new "Death of Windows 7" report from content delivery firm, Kollective, as many as 43 percent of enterprises are still running Microsoft's nine-year-old operating system. Windows 7 users are recommended to upgrade to Windows 10 to avoid potential security risks.

Those who want to know more about the last choice mentioned above should also know that paid Windows 7 Extended Security Updates will be offered through January 2023 on a per-device basis to all Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise customers in Volume Licensing. After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running Windows 7. Once businesses are on Windows 10, they will need to continuously update their systems as part of Microsoft's new "Windows as a Service" model.

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. Windows 10 finally overtook Windows 7 in the desktop market at the end of previous year, according to ZDNet. While Windows 8.1 keeps getting updates as well, its market share is substantially smaller than the one of Windows 7, so after January 2020, nearly all Microsoft's efforts would be aimed at Windows 10.

Without a doubt, the next step for everyone is to upgrade computers to a supported Windows version. "Those that fail to do so will have to pay for extended support, with the largest organizations paying more than a million dollars a year in order to remain on Windows 7".

Are you still using Windows 7? Why? So eventually, upgrading to Windows 10 is pretty much the only option.

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