Windows 7 End of Sale – It’s Time to Switch
Why is this happening?
Normally, Microsoft’s policy is to set the end-of-sales date for a specific Windows version two years after the launch of the version of Windows that succeeds it. Under that policy, sales of Windows 7 PCs should have ended in late October 2014, two years after the launch of Windows 8.
However, the tepid response of the market to Windows 8 led Microsoft to give PC makers a reprieve, allowing them to continue selling PCs with Windows 7 Pro installed. The change represents a vote of confidence from Microsoft’s management that businesses are willing to migrate from Windows 7 to Windows 10. It also means they’re betting that consumer acceptance of the newest OS release will be solidly positive. (It’s worth noting here that the support lifecycle for Windows 7 will not change. All editions of Windows 7 will continue to receive security updates throughout the Extended Support period, which ends on January 14, 2020. Windows 8.1 is still in mainstream support. The Extended Support period begins on January 9, 2018 and runs through January 10, 2023, when Windows 8.1 will no longer be supported.)
Why this is important:
Mainstream support for Windows 7 is already over and after October 31 you will no longer be able to purchase PC’s with Windows 7 installed. Testing Windows 10 with your business applications for functionality and troubleshooting is important to ensure your applications, software and equipment are supported and will work properly. In addition, having an up to date operating system is one of the most important steps to ensuring your equipment is secure.
What this means:
Your organization may want to consider beginning testing for your systems to support and utilize Windows 10. Your account manager is available to start the planning and troubleshooting for this important switch. Contact us below for more information.