Every Windows product has a life cycle. It begins when a product is released and ends when it is no longer supported by Microsoft. Microsoft will discontinue all support – including paid support and all updates, including security updates. This leaves your system open to future threats of new viruses, malware and hacking for unpatched vulnerabilities that may be discovered after the product is no longer supported. Knowledge about the key dates surrounding the life cycle of a product can help you make informed decisions about when to update, upgrade or make changes to the software.
Microsoft has announced that it will end extended support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. Microsoft has hinted in the past that Windows 10 will be the last version of Windows and there will only be upgrades and patches of Windows 10.
Before we get into why Microsoft is ending support for Windows 7, lets look into the current versions of Windows 10.
There are 5 different versions of Windows 10:
- Professional for Workstation Edition
These versions have specific updates that are released twice a year from the Semi-Annual Channel (SAC) in March and September. These updates are cumulative with each update built upon those that preceded it. It is recommended that you always install the latest feature update/version before your current version reaches end of service.
Moving to Windows 10 for your business requires planning. Do I upgrade the existing computers or purchase new ones? Is touch screen useful to my business? Do all of my applications work with Windows 10? Do all of my peripherals work with Windows 10? Do i need to create a new Windows 10 image for my business to ensure consistency when we do roll out the software? Should be upgrade the Microsoft Office software at the same time? This can certainly have a major impact for any small-medium sized business.
Triella can assist you in getting your systems up-to-date with the latest software and can ensure all your mission critical applications are functioning optimally to facilitate your migration to the future platform.
Nadeem Safi is a Client Support Specialist at Triella. We are a technology consulting company specializing in providing technology audits, planning advice, project management and other CIO-related services to small and medium-sized firms. Nadeem can be reached at 647.426.1004. For additional articles, go to our blog page. Triella is a VMware Professional Partner, Microsoft Certified Partner, Citrix Solution Advisor – Silver, Dell Preferred Partner, Authorized Worldox Reseller and a Webroot Reseller.
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