Earlier in 2019, Microsoft announced that extended support for Windows 7 will end as of 14th January, 2020.
However, this week, it was announced that Microsoft will be offering a limited “paid for” extended support package for those on Windows 7 Professional, who are unable to upgrade to Windows 10 before the cut-off date.
Those who wish to purchase this package will receive security updates up until a maximum of January 14, 2023. Pricing is yet to be announced, but it is expected that it will be made available in December 2019. It will only be available for those on Windows 7 Professional.
This is not a reason to remain on Windows 7.
Using legacy software is not recommended – in fact, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has issued an obsolete platforms security guidance.
If you are currently in the process of upgrading, this announcement should not affect your current plans – it’s highly recommended that you continue with this migration to Windows 10. This is the best way to future-proof your business’s operating system.
And those who have already made the upgrade to Windows 10 this year, you will benefit from the following:
- The most secure, functional, and productive version of Windows desktop.
- Full compatibility with Office 365 applications, platforms, and security mechanisms.
- Windows 10 allows for the broadest compatibility with leading 3rd party programs and applications that your business no doubt relies on.
- You will benefit from the best laptop and mobile experience on Windows 10.