Three years from now, Windows 7 will reach the end of extended support on January 14, 2020. Microsoft is cautioning users and organization that after the expiration, "no security updates or technical support will be provided" to Windows 7. "After more than 10 years on the market a logical decision in 2009 was appeared."
Therefore, they must upgrade to the latest desktop operating system Windows 10.
"Windows 7 was the first step on the way to the cloud. Today, it no longer keep up with the increased security requirements," said Markus Nitschke, Head of Windows at Microsoft Deutschland. "As early as in Windows XP, we saw that companies should take early steps to avoid future risks or costs."
The company notes, that continued usage of Windows 7 increases maintenance and operating costs for businesses. Furthermore, the company pointed out that its obsolete operating system is based on "long-outdated security architectures". It also cautioned that companies and businesses who still utilize it are more susceptible to cyber attacks. And, that many hardware manufacturers do not provide drivers for Windows 7 any longer, and many developers and companies refrain from releasing programs on the outdated operating system.
Further "With Windows 10, we offer customers the highest level of security and functionality at the cutting edge," says Nitschke. "Enterprise customers using Windows 7 should upgrade to Windows 10 as soon as possible because of its set of integrated security features, Windows Store for Business, and flexible management and simplified development for enterprise IT."
With "Windows as a Service" Windows 10 is always up to date and safe with intelligent security and efficient management capabilities, with coming Creators Update this spring. In addition to state-of-the-art security features, Windows 10 provides enterprise IT with a more flexible management and simplified deployment.
- "Windows Hello enables secure biometric login window via fingerprint, face or iris recognition - without having to enter a password.
- With Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection Company received an ultra-modern "Post-Breach Solution" based on machine learning, recognize the behavior patterns and company are the ability to recognize complex attacks or data leakage through the network faster itself to investigate and eliminate.
- Through Windows Information Protection , companies protect against accidental loss of information through targeted data separation.
- Customers also benefit from the Windows Store for Business , which provides centralized purchasing, managing and distributing Windows Store Apps in the enterprise," the post reads.
The post further stated that upcoming Creators Update in spring, "other users will also be able to enjoy mixed reality and 'comprehensive innovation' in the gaming department on Windows 10 devices."
For details on the life cycles of different Windows versions, check out this link.