Windows 7 will receive mainstream support until January 13, 2015. In other words, the deadline is less than 6 months away.
End of Mainstream Support means Windows 7 will no longer receive any Service Packs or new features. While these aren’t critical to a stable operating system, it does mean Windows 7 won’t receive fancy new software to go along with whatever new technologies are released in the coming years.
Extended Support will still continue – until January 14, 2020. Five more years of security patches and performance improvements—critical updates necessary for a functioning business computer. When Extended Support ends, that’s it. Windows 7, like Windows XP before it, becomes a security risk overnight.
(We hope all of our readers have transitioned off of XP by now. If not, PLEASE contact us as soon as possible. It’s seriously dangerous to keep running XP in an office environment.)
Initially, some businesses stuck with Windows 7 because they didn’t like Windows 8. This reasoning has fallen by the wayside now that Windows 8.1 has been released. Patching back in the pieces people wanted. And with Windows 9 already in the works – an early-version reveal is due September 30
– businesses now have a clear upgrade path with several options.
Now is the time to start thinking about Windows 7 end-of-life.
Will you update to Windows 8 next year? Wait for Windows 9? Stick with Windows 7 until the very end?
These questions need answering. Well before you’re faced with the end of Extended Support. Do not count on Microsoft pushing out the support deadline, as it did with XP.
Now is the time to start thinking about Windows 7 migration. That way you’ll have plenty of time to actually DO the migration before support ends.
If you need help mapping out migrations or discussing your options, please contact PlanetMagpie’s Support Team at firstname.lastname@example.org