Windows 7 end support scheduled for January 2020

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It’s official: the countdown to Windows 7‘s demise has begun. Microsoft will end official Windows 7 support on January 2020. You may want to upgrade to the latest version of Windows 10 in order to avoid continued support fees.

There are many potential security threats and costs incurred in continuing to use Windows 7 just after the tech giant officially ends support for the OS.

Are you planning to upgrade?

There are many Windows 7 users and even IT departments unaware of the approaching end of support deadline. Some are aware of the deadline but have not yet planned to migrate to other platforms.

Some IT professionals will even have to be pay Microsoft for extended support beyond January 14, 2020. Not to mention that large companies might end up losing million of  dollars per year because their systems will be vulnerable to potential cyber attacks.

Notably, Microsoft ended support for Windows Vista and Windows XP around more than three years ago but 16% of the IT professionals have admitted using these outdated OS even today.

Challenges restricting large organizations

One of the major challenges that are faced by large enterprises is updating thousands of machines that are being used by their employees all over the world. In some cases, the complete transition from Windows XP might take months. It is highly recommended that IT managers regularly update their operating systems.

Another challenge faced by large enterprises is the resistance to change to the latest version of Windows 10. Most of the employees have been using Windows 7 for years. They are familiar with working on the OS to an extent that they don’t want to give up on it.

Others might simply want to avoid the whole migration process as it takes a lot of time. IT managers need to create awareness regarding the implications of migration to ensure an easier migration process. Since the process has been streamlined, users will now be facing fewer disruptions and the apps will not fail to migrate during the migration process.

Keep in mind the one-year deadline announced by the Microsoft for ending support for Windows 7. You can still upgrade to Windows 10 for free.

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