Fuse Networks Blog

Windows 7 End of Life Sneaking Up on Some Businesses

Windows 7 End of Life Sneaking Up on Some Businesses

All good things must come to an end eventually, and Windows 7 is no different. Microsoft is officially ending its support of this operating system relatively soon, but this doesn’t mean that you should jump ship without a plan. In fact, Microsoft realizes that some businesses and organizations simply can’t make the jump in time, so they have implemented contingency plans for these companies. The problem is that it’s expensive. We’ll walk you through everything there is to know about how Microsoft is handling the end of life events for Windows 7.

Background Information
Windows 7 is one of the most popular operating systems of all time. More PCs ran Windows 7 than any other operating system in history. In fact, Windows 10 was launched in July of 2015, even being offered as a free upgrade from Windows 7 and 8.1 for a time; still users persisted with Windows 7, and the numbers for Windows 10 failed to exceed those of 7 until December 2018. Windows 10 now runs on over 700 million devices.

All things considered, Windows 7 is still running on over 600 million devices, and as of January 2020, Windows 7 will likely be run on over 30 percent of devices in the world. As a result of this widespread popularity, there are naturally many organizations out there that can’t feasibly pull off an upgrade to Windows 10 in time for the Windows 7 end of life. Unsupported software can create issues with security and compatibility, which is the primary reason why organizations should be upgrading away from out-of-date software. Of course, it’s never as easy as it sounds, which is why Microsoft is providing extended support.

Windows 7 Extended Security
Organizations that can’t get away from Windows 7 can continue to receive support from Microsoft, but for a price. In situations like this, where there is a considerable amount of computers still running the operating system not even a year from its EOL date, Microsoft has made Windows 7 Extended Security Updates available. This program provides support through January 2023, providing plenty of time for organizations to “get it together,” so to speak.

While it might sound convenient, the price tag is going to be the heavy hitter. The add-on support is sold on a per-device level in one-year increments, with the costs doubling every year. Covering a single Windows 7 PC for three years would run approximately $175 if the company is already a Windows 10 Enterprise or Microsoft 365 Enterprise customer. If it isn’t, or doesn’t plan on becoming one, the cost jumps to $350 per Windows 7 system. There are other fees that must be included in this as well for organizations that require coverage in the second or third year following the end of life event.

What Are Your Options
Overall, you really need to love Windows 7 if you want to pay this much to avoid an upgrade to Windows 10 for as long as possible. It basically becomes an ultimatum--either pay up or grade up. If you’re having trouble upgrading your systems, or you are concerned you won’t be able to make it in time for the end of life event, consult the technology professionals at Fuse Networks.

Tip of the Week: This Quick IT Quiz Will Help the ...
Tip of the Week: Handy Google Chrome Shortcuts
 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Saturday, April 20 2019

Captcha Image

Newsletter Sign Up

  • No-Spam Guarantee: We hate spam as much or more than you do and will NEVER rent, share or give your information away to anyone else. We will only use your information to communicate with you direct, and you can also remove yourself from our list at any time with a simple click..
  • Company Name *
  • First Name *
  • Last Name *

      Mobile? Grab this Article!

      QR-Code dieser Seite

      Tag Cloud

      Tip of the Week Security Technology Best Practices Business Computing Tech Term Network Security Hackers Privacy Innovation Productivity Data Backup User Tips Software Android Cybersecurity Efficiency Collaboration Computer Data IT Support Data recovery Communication Google Email Communications Small Business IT Services Business Management Mobile Device Malware Hardware Internet Hosted Solutions Smartphone Phishing Office 365 Artificial Intelligence VoIP Mobile Devices Blockchain Microsoft Office Browser Cybercrime Backup Applications Cost Management Facebook Social Media Business Managed Service Smartphones Cloud Computing Access Control Information Automation Business Technology Two-factor Authentication Cloud Network Workplace Tips Apps BDR Maintenance Vulnerability Internet of Things Saving Money Ransomware Scam Vulnerabilities Mobile Device Management Data Security Holiday Windows 10 Passwords Mobility Analytics Vendor Data Breach Healthcare Bandwidth Alert Virtual Assistant Patch Management Users IT Management Disaster Recovery Google Maps Social Engineering Quick Tips Hacking Upgrade Remote Monitoring App Update Data loss Managed IT services Gmail Apple Outsourced IT Saving Time Cooperation Websites Printer Microsoft Bitcoin Conferencing Tech Terms Document Management Augmented Reality Operating System Travel Cortana Cost email scam HTML Machine Learning Medical IT News Mobile Technology WiFi Digital Multi-factor Authentication Paperless Office Customer Resource management Television Social project management Piracy Bluetooth IT Retail Management Business Continuity Google Docs Business Cards Regulations Productivity Download Managed Service Provider Unified Communications Gadgets Budget Username Disaster Microchip eWaste VPN Network Management Audit Proxy Server Data Management Fake News Virtual Reality Wireless Headphones Content Entertainment Device security Database Telephone System Mouse Sports Router Money Software License Support Windows 7 Excel Antivirus Chromebook Computing Tech Big Data Upload Printing Company Culture Fuse Networks Emergency Processor Robot Data Protection Website Accountants Encryption Help Desk PowerPoint Microsoft Excel Cleaning BYOD Data Analysis Miscellaneous Tactics Electronic Medical Records Modem CIO Microsoft 365 Tip of the week Backup and Disaster Recovery Error Term Legislation Trends Government Identity Theft Navigation Training Computer Care Vendor Management Professional Services Computers Virtualization Fileless Malware Hard Drive Addiction User Tip SSID Distributed Denial of Service Information Technology Spam Legal Bookmark Solutions Managed IT Services Mobile Security Twitter Telephone Comparison Google Play Windows 10 Gamification Voice over Internet Protocol Cryptocurrency Laptop Screen Reader Knowledge Google Calendar Computing Infrastructure Devices Equifax Service Level Agreement Nanotechnology Server Downloads Directions Hard Drive Disposal Freedom of Information Law Enforcement Browsers Integration Social Network Specifications Health IT Security Cameras SharePoint Downtime Emails NCSAM iPhone Desktop Monitoring Evernote Networking Compliance Startup Going Green Tech Support Wireless Technology 5G Managing Stress Transportation Safety IBM Marketing Hacker The Internet of Things Multi-Factor Security Hiring/Firing Competition Customer Relationship Management IP Address Fun Employer-Employee Relationship Customer Service Mobile Office Domains Wireless Hard Drives Regulation Public Speaking Search Presentation Wi-Fi Printers Lithium-ion battery