People are still using Windows 7
According to NetMarketShare, 40.86% of people were still using Windows 7 as their desktop/laptop operating system in 2018, with only 36.37% using the latest Windows 10.
Whilst W7 seems to be the preferred choice, people will need to consider upgrading to the latest operating system – Windows 10.
The mainstream support for service pack 1 installation of Windows 7, came to an end in January 2015, but extended support would still be available, meaning Microsoft would continue to fix any security issues but wouldn’t add any new features to the operating system. However, this extended support will come to a close by this time next year – As of January 14th 2020, Windows 7 will come to its End of Support and therefore no further security fixes or vulnerability patches will be made available, leaving systems and networks at severe risk.
Will Windows 7 still work after the support ends?
Windows 7 will still be available to use, whether that’s continuing to use the operating system or installation onto a device. But, as the support will no longer be provided by Microsoft, these devices will become more vulnerable to security risks such as Ransomware.
Likewise, any Internet Explorer which is supported by Windows 7, will also be discontinued due to following the same life cycle as the operating system.
Upgrading to Windows 10
As recommended by Microsoft themselves, people who are still using Windows 7 should consider upgrading to Windows 10 – Microsoft’s latest, most powerful and secure operating system, which offers an array of features fit for all types of businesses and organisations.
Windows 10 provides:
- Intelligent security – Protecting against threats and attacks.
- Simplified updates – Monthly updates guarantees the latest features and protection.
- Flexible management – On-premises or cloud based device management.
- Enhanced productivity – Modern tools and features to help with collaboration and efficiency.
- Simplicity and familiarity – Reflecting the Windows 7 operating system people know and love (as Microsoft say – Same story. New chapter).
As the usage requirements for all organisations is unique, Microsoft has catered to all requirements with a range of different Windows 10 operating systems, each offering different features. Such as Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Education and Windows 10 Enterprise.
Stone recommends Windows
At Stone, we are a Microsoft Gold Partner and hold the Gold Windows and Devices competency, which enables us to help you upgrade to Windows 10.
To help you get the most out of your upgrade, our dedicated staff will listen to your requirements and advise on which version of Windows 10 will be the best fit for your organisation.
From consultation to installation, licensing services to software training, we can provide a complete personalised service that best suits you.