The End is Near for Win 7
Microsoft’s end of support date for Windows 7 is now less than six months away, set for 14 January next year.
This means no more updates, no technical help, and most importantly, no security patching.
Why Should I Move to Windows 10 from Windows 7?
Like it or not, even if you don’t want to move to Windows 10 initially, eventually you’ll have little choice. PC makers will be bundling Windows 10 into their machines, with no option to downgrade to Windows 7. Also, you won’t find Windows 7 anywhere to buy aside from eBay and places outside of normal retail channels.
Can I Get Extend My Windows 7 Support?
Believe it or not you can, but you’ll have to pay for it.
Extended support for Windows 7 Professional will start at $50.00 per device beginning in January next year. That goes up to $100.00 per computer a year later and $200.00 per PC if you’re still hugging on to Windows 7 by 2021.
The bad news is that if you’re running Windows 7 at home, there’s no extended support so your choices are simple; upgrade or buy something new.
What Does Windows 10 Offer?
- Speed: Windows 10 reduces unnecessary start-up processes resulting in a faster overall user experience
- Usability: Things like touchscreen capability, universal applications, and tighter sync between multiple devices
- Security: Windows 7 is far more likely to be targeted by a ransomware attack. Past data provided by Microsoft has shown that Windows 7 devices are 3.4 times more prone to ransomware than Windows 10 devices
- Encryption: This is the process of converting information or data into a code to prevent unauthorised access. Most older computers do not have this feature enabled. If they’re still used, they could be a business data breach violation just waiting to happen
As a Microsoft Gold Partner, Think Technology Australia is a specialist advisor and has guided and supported many different sized businesses in Australia to ensure their transition to Windows 10 goes as smoothly as possible.