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Windows 7 End of Support: What Now? What Next?

Posted by Krista Altman on Sep 30, 2019 4:18:36 PM

The following is a vendor-sponsored blog post.

With Windows 7 end of support coming soon, we reached out to Microsoft to find out why it’s important for users to upgrade to Windows 10, and what to consider in determining if it’s the right time to refresh devices.

With biometric security, agile updates and dynamic advancements for modern devices on the horizon, 2020 is shaping up to be an exciting year of innovation for the world of technology. It’s in this spirit that we say goodbye to the old and welcome in the -optimized- new.

On January 14, 2020, support for Windows 7 comes to an end.

Let’s clarify what this means for Windows 7 users now and help define action plans to transition to what comes next.

What Does “End of Support” Mean?

Also referred to as, End of Life, it means Windows 7 has come to the end of the road. While devices still can run Windows 7, after support has ended, PCs may become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Your PC will continue to start and run, but Microsoft will no longer provide security, technical or software support for your business. 

I Use Windows 7, Why is This Important to Me?

Security. After 10 years, many have understandably become comfortable relying on Windows 7. However, it’s important to understand that using an unsupported operating system poses serious security risks to business data.

To Refresh or Not to Refresh...?

Now is the time to upgrade to Windows 10. With almost 65 percent of devices using Windows 7 being >5 years old, many businesses now face the question of upgrading just the operating system or refreshing the devices as well. The answer depends on the business.

It’s our recommendation that if you are in or approaching that 65 percent, considering the cost of the upgraded Windows 10 license and professional services associated with the upgrade process, this might be the best time to perform a refresh of older machines.

Remember, having employees upgrade to newer, faster PC’s will also improve productivity and overall job satisfaction.

I’m Ready to Upgrade; Recommendations on Where to Start?

We can help. Tech Data representatives are here to assist in ensuring a smooth migration from Windows 7 to Windows 10.  For more information on how to make the shift to modern Windows 10 devices, please contact Krista Altman at krista.altman@techdata.com or 800-237-8931 ext. 83704.

About the Author

Krista Altman is a Business Development Manager in the Endpoint Solutions organization supporting our commercial Microsoft OEM business.  In her role, she is tasked with supporting our channel partners and internal teams on developing modern solutions with next generation technology.  When not traveling, Krista enjoys reading on the beach, spending time with family and planning for the next adventure.

Tags: Windows 10, Windows 7 Upgrade, Microsoft, Support for Windows

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