Windows 7 Support Ends In 2020

Windows 7 Support Ends In 2020

I recently came across an article on TechRepublic that suggested IT departments start planning their Windows 7 to Windows 9 (or whatever) migrations. At first I thought, that’s just silly… but then I started looking at the actual dates. Windows 7 End of Life (EOL) is planned for January of 2020. Essentially, that means the end of 2019. Considering the end of 2014 is rapidly approaching… that leaves IT departments about 5 more years to “phase out” Windows 7. That still seems like an attainable task doesn’t it? Hmmm. Let’s look at Microsoft’s previous operating system that had a large enterprise adoption, Windows XP. It was released in 2002 and subsetted in 2014. That is an elapsed time of 12 years. Windows 7 was released in 2009 and planned for EOL in 2020. That’s an elapsed time of 11 years. Considering how poorly the Windows XP EOL went, it might not be a bad idea for IT departments to start planning their strategy now.

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