The End Of An Era

It’s fair to say that since Microsoft started producing software there have been successful and some not so successful operating systems. As technology has advanced so has the need for more up to date and easy to use software that will run high speed applications and complex programs.

Released in 2009, Windows 7 is arguably the best operating systems created thus far. However, Windows 7 is reaching the end of its life cycle and by January 14th 2020 will no longer receive updates or support from Microsoft. 

Windows 7 still accounts for around 40 per cent of the world’s desktop and laptop computers, many of them humming away in corporate and public-sector environments around the world.

For the first time, though, Microsoft has explicitly promised that it will carry on supporting Windows 7, but only for users willing to pay.

It followed the same policy with Windows XP, but those deals tended to be done behind closed doors, and organisations had more pressing security reasons for migrating from Windows XP, rather than dragging their feet. Prices will vary depending on volume (charges are per machine) and will increase over time. So, by January 2023, when even this new form of extended-extended support end, organisations running Windows 7 could be paying a small fortune.