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 operating system Windows 7. 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 operating system Windows 7. There is still a fairly small percentage of users Windows what versions do I use Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. A little over half, about 52.36% had in December 2018 installed the latest Microsoft operating system.
Looking back in April 2013, when it was announced that support for Windows XP will be available again than a year, they were 24.93% by users who had not switched to Windows 7. Therefore, this time the impact will be felt by a much larger number of users.
users Windows 7 will have another year to make a decision. As for individuals (home users) things are simple, but not the same thing we can say about companies that currently use Windows 7. This cessation of security updates and the somewhat forced transition to the new Windows 10, involves the acquisition of new licenses and the reconfiguration of the IT infrastructure within the companies. It translates into expenses and time allocated for maintenance. There is also the free upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10, even if the Microsoft offer is no longer visible. All you have to do is enter the license code of Windows 7 when you upgrade to Windows 10.
Microsoft however leaves room for an extension of the upgrade period. Government agencies si companies who can't upgrade on time, may ask security patches and after 20 January 2020, but they will be surcharge.
You must know that if you do not plan to upgrade Windows 10, you will be exposed to a lot of risks. Whether you like the system or not Windows 10, this will definitely provide extra security. A more awkward operating system is preferable to an increasingly one vulnerable to cyber attacks and viruses, as it will be next year Windows 7.
I don't even urge you to make the 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 interacting with Windows. Moreover, on Mac you can find the whole suite Microsoft Office and many other programs that are available on Windows.
After 20 January 2020 you can still use it Windows 7, as you can now run Windows XP, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, but the risks you face will be very high and many companies will not develop drivers, games si applications for these operating systems.