If you are a user and a fan of Windows 7, we have bad news. Starting with January 20 2020, Microsoft will not launch anymore Security updates for Windows 7 operating systems. Security Patches.
This can be a real disaster. One even bigger than when Microsoft stopped updating for Windows XP.
In a December report 2018 shows that 35.63% of the users did not switch to Windows 10 and still use the Windows 7 operating system. There is still a small percentage of Windows users who use the Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 versions. Just over half, about 52.36% had 2018 installed in December, Microsoft's newest operating system.
Looking back in April 2013, when it was announced that support for Windows XP will still be available than a year, they were 24.93% of users who did not switch to Windows 7. So this time the impact will be felt by a much larger number of users.
Windows 7 users will have one year to make a decision. As for home users, things are simple, but not the same thing we can say about companies that are currently using Windows 7. This cessation of security updates and a somewhat forced move to the new Windows 10, involves acquiring new licenses and reconfiguring IT infrastructure within companies. It translates into spending and time spent on maintenance. There is also a free upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10, even if Microsoft's offer is no longer visible. All you have to do is enter the Windows 7 license code when you upgrade to Windows 10.
Microsoft however leaves room for an extension of the upgrade period. Government agencies si companies who can not upgrade in time, can ask security patches and after 20 January 2020, but they will be surcharge.
You must know that if you are not going to upgrade to Windows 10, you will be exposed to a lot of risks. Even if you like the Windows 10 system, it will certainly add extra security. An operating system is more inconvenient than one more and more vulnerable to cyber attacks and viruses, as will be Windows 7 next year.
We will not even urge you to switch to Windows 10. There are other operating systems on the market, such as: Linux, Chromebook or MacOS. You also need to consider interacting with other systems outside the company. MacOS / Mac offers 100% support for interaction with Windows. Moreover, on Mac you find the whole suite Microsoft Office and many other programs available on Windows.
After 20 January 2020, you can continue to use Windows 7 as you can now run Windows XP, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1, but the risks you're exposed to will be very high, and many companies will no longer develop drivers, games si applications for these operating systems.