On the 14th January 2020 Microsoft will officially stop supporting Windows 7 on laptops and desktops as it reaches its end of life. Whilst Microsoft may try to convince people that this will be a good time to switch to Windows 10, this may not be as easy as they think as many people are reluctant to say goodbye to Windows 7.
It is 10 years since the release of Windows 7, and it has been popular since then. It took until 2018 for the users of Windows 10 to outnumber the users of Windows 7. But no matter how much people may like Windows 7, people will want what’s best for them or their business. On a business level, security will be vital and due to Windows 7 coming to its end of life, this will mean that Microsoft will no longer be offering updates or support to tackle any security issues you may have. This could leave you and your data in a vulnerable position.
So, you may be asking what you could do about this. We recommend upgrading to Windows 10 if it is supported by your PC or laptop. If not, then it may be time for an upgrade. Microsoft will be pushing for users to upgrade to Windows 10 but you have to ensure your devices can support it and not just jump straight in.
If you don’t want to remain with Microsoft, then there are other choices. Google offer a wide range of laptops and PCs. A Chromebook might be a good choice. And if you have more money to splash a Macbook is another option. These options might take some getting used to along with some of the programs and software, but in our opinion, it is still better than using an outdated operating system. There are plenty of guides to help you get to know these devices and most are very easy to use so don’t let unfamiliarity put you off. Some solutions are more cost effective than others, but we here at 121 IT 100% believe that moving on from Windows 7 will be the best move for you and/or your company.
Written by Joshua Gray