Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system, at one time the flagship product for the Microsoft corporation, has been in service for nearly a decade. A follow up to the poorly received Windows Vista operating system, Windows 7 quickly became an industry standard and while it took some time to overcome the popularity of the pre-windows Vista system Windows XP, Windows 7 enjoyed a long and successful run on consumer and business devices the world over. At the height of its popularity Windows 7 ran on nearly 700 million devices worldwide.
As technology ages, however older technology must be replaced by more modern and advanced systems. With the introduction of Microsoft’s Windows 10 in July of 2015 the company began a full-scale effort to supplant Windows 7 and, ultimately phase out its use by consumers. The announcement by Microsoft to discontinue support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020 is technically referred to as the End Of Life (EOL) date and is especially important to all those consumers still employing devices that are based on Windows 7.
Why It's Important
There are many myths, rumors, and misconceptions surrounding the EOL of Windows 7. Most commonly, users believe that their Windows 7 devices will cease to work following the EOL date. This is not the case. Just as with Windows XP computers a decade ago, devices using the Windows 7 operating system will continue to function. However, Microsoft has announced that it will no longer provide technical support, operating system updates or, more importantly security updates to Windows 7 after January 14, 2020. In today’s world of cybersecurity threats security updates are, by far the most important consistent service Microsoft provides to its customers.
Additionally, a lesser known fact is once Microsoft discontinues support for its product it generally means most third-party vendors usually follow suit shortly thereafter. In other words, vendors such as Oracle (Java), Adobe (Acrobat PDF Reader, Photoshop, InDesign) and Google (Chrome, Docs, Gmail) will eventually no longer provide updates for their products to run on Windows 7. Thereby creating any number of additional security loopholes and potential breach points.
Options For Resolution
Consumers who wish to continue using Microsoft products, fundamentally have two options for mitigating the Windows 7 risk – update their existing system or replace the existing system outright. This decision depends largely on how old the system in questions is. In most cases, wholesale replacement is recommended as many computers built during the height of the Windows 7 years are not suited to run Windows 10. Also, today’s computers have become such a commodity that investing in hardware upgrades is rarely financially sensible.
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