Why Windows 7 eol “end of life” should be on your business’s radar?

Why Windows 7 eol “end of life” should be on your business’s radar?

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Over the last 40 years, the development of personal computer (PC) technology has been rapid, to say the least. When it comes to operating systems, however, we haven’t always been willing to adopt every shiny new incarnation. So, has the time come to finally say goodbye to Windows 7?

Since its release on 22nd October 2009, Windows 7 has become one of Microsoft’s best-loved products. So much so that over 40% of PCs are still running the software, despite the introduction of Windows 10 back in 2015. All good things must come to an end, and the time for change is upon us.

How much longer will Windows 7 be supported

Back in 2009, Microsoft made a commitment to provide extended product support – including technical assistance and security updates – for Windows 7 until 14th January 2020. So, what happens next? Having already ended mainstream support on 13th January 2015, Microsoft will discontinue Windows 7 extended support to focus on newer technologies. This will herald a new era for Windows 10, with businesses advised to upgrade to the current system before its predecessor’s end of life date arrives – the point at which product support ceases.

What’s the difference between mainstream and extended support periods?

Everything has a shelf life – especially in the fast-paced world of IT technology. The lifecycle of a Microsoft operating system begins with its release and ends with the termination of support. This typically includes two service periods: mainstream support and extended support.

Mainstream support

During an operating systems mainstream support period, M