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Windows 7 coming in for a landing

Windows 7 coming in for a landing

Windows 7, the stalwart of modern Windows operating systems is approaching its end of life.

Many people hesitated to upgrade to Windows 8, because, well, let's just say it was a pretty jarring experience for those bleeding edge folks.

Windows 8.1 was really pretty reasonable, particularly if you lean towards the early-adopter profile.

If you purchase a machine today, you're going to get Windows 10 -- it's a solid operating system overall.

However, there are many users still stuck with their Windows 7 computers. I get it, change is tough. However, Windows 7 is beyond its "normal lifespan" and is in "extended support" with Microsoft. That support ends in early January 2020. You need to plan now for moving to Windows 10, don't wait until December of 2019. Reasons to NOT wait:

Operating systems which are no longer supported tend to be more vulnerable to cyber threats.

If you begin migrating your users today, you can spread out the investment over time as well as have a diminished impact on your user's productivity. Things have moved around a little bit and if you're coming from Windows 7, you may stub your toe on the furniture a bit at first. Better to have a few people at a time learn how to navigate it than throw this at your users all at once.

Towards the end of 2019, we anticipate a rush of people moving off of Windows 7. If you like shopping when demand is high, then wait, otherwise get started soon.

Your software applications might not be supported on Windows 10 and you need time to plan the migration.

This last point is arguably the most important. At some point, you will be on newer equipment and you want to make sure your applications can run. Don't wait until you bring home the new PC to find out, start planning today.

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