Windows 8 Upgrade
Microsoft has set January 14, 2020 as the last day for support for one of its all time favorite operating systems, Windows 7. Even though many of you might feel that 2020 is a long way to go, some of the industry experts say that large organizations must start upgrading to a newer operating system at the earliest.
The Vice President of Gartner, Stephen Keynhans says, “Microsoft recently ended support for Windows XP and even though the end date was set in 2007 based on a life cycle support policy Microsoft introduced in 2004, many organizations were not able to completely eliminate the OS by the deadline. Nearly a quarter of PCs in organizations were still running Windows XP after support ended, leaving IT to figure out how to secure Windows XP and/or find funding to do so.”
According to Windows online support, organizations have three options to choose from. The first one is to start using Windows 8 on all newly bought PCs in the organization. The second option is to avoid Windows 8 installation completely and wait for the release of a newer operating system since Windows 7 would receive support until 2020. The third option is to replace all existing Windows 7 PCs with Windows 8. However, he says it may not be a wise move at this point since users can expect a newer operating system from Microsoft in the near future.
Keynhans says, “The biggest problem that organizations have with upgrading to new Windows releases is ensuring application compatibility. The vast majority of Win32 applications that run on Windows 7 will run on future releases, but having applications is only one component of application compatibility.” He adds, “Many organizations, especially those in industries with
Windows 8 OS
government oversight or compliance requirements, require applications to be officially supported by the independent software vendor (ISV) and/or go through validation processes to ensure compatibility. Such organizations may find skipping Windows 8 for most devices makes sense.”
Some of the organizations have slowly started the transition process from Windows 7 after Microsoft’s decision to end the Mainstream support next year. However, it is surprising to find that many organizations still run the outdated Windows XP operating systems on their PCs. Keep in mind that Windows XP support was ended by Microsoft this April.
Windows online support blogs say that using an unsupported operating system could prove to be dangerous and might result in numerous security threats.
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