Microsoft have stated that as of January 14th 2020, they will no longer be supporting Windows 7 operating systems. This means that Microsoft will no longer be delivering updates or critical security patches to Windows 7 users.
If your business uses Windows 7, you have got around a year to upgrade your Windows 7 system to Windows 10 or consider using an alternative.
Despite the fact that Microsoft officially ended its mainstream support for Windows 7 back in January 2015, it wasn’t the case for extended support where Microsoft was obliged to continue to deliver updates and fix any vulnerabilities in the operating system for another 5 years. However, this will all come to a halt completely in January 2020.
After this date, if any holes/vulnerabilities are uncovered in the operating system, which would allow exploits to be leveraged by malicious types, then won’t be releasing any patches to cover this, so in these cases you would be continuing to use the system at your own risk.
With this in mind, this should mean that the Windows 10 upgrade figures should increase over the course of the next year as those Windows 7 users will need to upgrade their operating system, unless they choose to run the risk of continuing to use their old Windows 7 system.
It is also important to note that Windows 8 will be the next on the chopping block in terms of mainstream support with the extended support ending completely in January 2023.
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