Is Windows 7 Dangerous to Use?

Microsoft is warning Windows 7 users that the platform contains security deficiencies and hardware restrictions that essentially make it more susceptible to cyber-attacks.

“Today, [Windows 7] does not meet the requirements of modern technology, nor the high security requirements of IT departments,” says Markus Nitschke, Head of Windows at Microsoft Germany.

Microsoft says that continuing use of Windows 7 will result in reliability and compatibility problems that will lead to “higher operating costs.”

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A lot of contributors to the tech blogosphere are calling this a “scaremongering” tactic by Microsoft to “drive more users to Windows 10,” given the recent announcement that Microsoft will end support for the aging operating system in January 2020.

I think that Windows 10 is a great upgrade. I think users will organically switch over, after the initial hesitation and potential risks for compatibility issues has subsided.

What version of Windows does your institution use? If you haven’t already, when will you make the upgrade to Windows 10?

Microsoft Ends Windows 7 & Windows 8 Sales

The lifecycles for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 have come to an end, as Microsoft confirmed last week that they’ve discontinued sales of the operating systems.

“End of sales refers to the date when a particular version of Windows is no longer shipped to retailers or Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). Examples of OEMs are Dell and Toshiba – PC manufacturers who often preinstall Windows software,” explains Microsoft.

Looking for a brand new PC with Windows 7 or Windows 8? You’ll likely have to look for an OEM who is selling off existing stock.

Although Microsoft will continue to provide ongoing updates support for Windows 7 until January 2020, and for Windows 8 until January 2023, they are likely ending sales in an effort to boost Windows 10 sales, which have been stagnant since their free upgrade offer ended in July.  

For more information, visit the Windows Lifecycle Fact Sheet.