Windows 10 was released back in 2015 and most of us have by now bit the proverbial bullet and moved onto this operating system. Some, however, are stubbornly refusing to do so and Windows has relented to that pressure, announcing that it will continue to support Windows 7 until January 2023. The previous end date for support was going to be 2020 but they’ve realised that this is too close of a target, particularly for business customers.
So what does it mean when your operating system reaches the date at which ‘support’ ceases? It’s basically an issue of updates, which boils down to security. Frequent updates are a way for companies like Microsoft to manage any new faults or potential security breaches that may come up. Basically, you may continue using an unsupported operating system but you do so at your own risk.
So personal users will be perfectly safe continuing to use Windows 7 until January 2023 at no additional cost. Businesses however, will have to buy that support, and Microsoft have been very clear that the cost will increase each year – they really want business users in particular to migrate to Windows 10.
The reality is though, that new computers all come with Windows 10 and since computers don’t last forever, anyone who wants to continue to use Windows will eventually have to move to Windows 10. The good news is that it’s a perfectly good operating system. I’ve been using it for some time and while it looks a bit different and has some extra bells and whistles, it’s really not that difficult to adapt to. And remember, if you hit a snag with Windows (or any computer operating system or application), just type your question into a search bar such as Google – the chances are that others have asked the same question already.