The world’s most popular desktop OS, Windows 7 is already 8 years old. Currently, the software is running on extended support by Microsoft, as the mainstream support was withdrawn by the Redmond giant some years ago. As of now, it is only receiving major bug fixes and security updates. Microsoft is set to officially end its support to Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. This would mean that no more security updates, product updates or technical support from Microsoft.
With Windows 7 approaching its end of extended support in less than three years, Microsoft took to its German website to encourage Windows 7 users to upgrade to the latest OS, Windows 10, because of its set of integrated security features, Windows Store for Business, and flexible management and simplified development for enterprise IT.
“Today, it does not meet the requirements of modern technology, nor the high security requirements of IT departments,” added Markus Nitschke, Head of Windows at Microsoft Germany. “As early as in Windows XP, we saw that companies should take early steps to avoid future risks or costs. With Windows 10, we offer our customers the highest level of security and functionality at the cutting edge.”
Microsoft also warns that Windows 7 can’t keep up with today’s threats, and that using an old and especially unsupported OS adds increased maintenance costs. Similarly, unnecessary time is wasted on combating malware attacks that could have been avoided by upgrading to Windows 10. The company also further pointed out that its obsolete operating system is “based on long-outdated security architectures”. It also warned that companies and businesses who are still using it are more vulnerable to cyberattacks.
On the other hand, Microsoft notes that Windows 10 offers maximum security, an easy upgrade path and a wide range of enterprise security features and that 96% of companies worldwide were already evaluating Windows 10. It also advertises the advantages such as supporting the latest chipset features by Intel, AMD and Qualcomm. Also, with the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft is once again emboldening its operating system with improved security, better performance, new features for gamers, and enhanced touch support for content creators.