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Microsoft just made it clear that it will not be providing the extended support for Windows 7 beyond January 14, 2020. The users are recommended to upgrade to Windows 10 during the given time frame.

The existing Windows 7 users will no longer be receiving the free security patches and bug fixes. Only paid support will be offered to the Windows 7 users in the form of continued updates.

The analytics service net application stated that 42.8 percent of the Windows PCs are still using Windows 7. You must be amazed by the figure but that is true that Microsoft is going to end its support on January 14, 2020.

Most of the large organizations running thousands of systems might not be willing to pay a huge amount in terms of the support fees. If they don’t give up on Windows 7 now, they will leave their systems vulnerable to the latest security threats in that case.

The best approach to avoid security issues is planning an upgrade to Windows 10. Most of the users don’t want to upgrade their systems as it is thought of as a difficult task.

Best Practices For Managing The Migration

Generally, an organization will be spending thousands of dollars in managing their Windows 7 environment. While traditionally deploying an OS upgrade will cost an organization $1,930 per device. So, it is recommended that the systems should be upgraded for enhanced security and enhanced user experience.

One of the critical factors for the success of migration is putting the right team together. The key is to hire a good project manager that has a perfect plan involving admins, users, and other team members.

Most of the companies end up paying a high cost due to the high diversity of technology. The migration can be taken as an opportunity to improve the management processes in the long run. The company will be able to reduce the complexity by getting rid of the apps and devices that are no longer used by the organization.

Most of the people working in your organization might be comfortable in using and managing on Windows 7. They will definitely have years of experience in working on Windows 7 so they might resist the change. The large organizations who have a diverse human resource should arrange seminars and training for the employees in this regard. The employees should be aware of the benefits that are doing to be delivered as a part of the migration.

It is yet to be seen that how Microsoft will be encouraging its Windows 7 users to upgrade to a higher version. As the date approaches some attractive incentives might force the users to switch. 

Source: Microsoft


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