The end of support of a software product can come with significant challenges for businesses. For example, in 2014 when Microsoft ended support for Windows XP, it affected about 40% of the world’s computers. Even in 2018, it is estimated that about 7% of computers are still using Windows XP.
This trend is commonly observed in small and midsize businesses who don’t want to spend much trying to update and upgrade their computers. Such businesses often use older hardware and equipment which won’t be able to meet the minimum requirements for an upgrade. In addition, it can take some time and more expenses to train employees to use the new operating systems.
These are some of the factors which push smaller businesses to hold onto older operating systems. It is also for that reason that most software manufacturers inform users in advance, in a bid to help them make necessary plans to upgrade.
Windows 7 has been one of the best operating systems from Microsoft, and a lot of users loved it. That probably explains why about 40.88% are still using Windows 7, as opposed to 37.44% who have upgraded to Windows 10, according to NetMarketShare’s September 2018 data. However, despite the important number of Windows 7 users, the operating system will still reach the end of its lifecycle, which is programmed for January 14, 2020. Therefore, upgrading to a more recent operating system is an absolutely essential task for the safety of your computer.
When the end of support of Microsoft XP was announced, the main concern for a lot of users was, “will my computer still work?” At that time, the answer was, yes. That is still the case for Windows 7. Your computer will still work but it will be more vulnerable to bugs after January 14, 2020. This is why you need to start planning your transition into a more recent operating system, such as Windows 10.
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