Although Microsoft’s mainstream support came to an end for Windows 7 on January 13, its extended support is set to continue until January 14, 2020. With this date less than a year away though, Microsoft is advising its users to begin scheduling their migration from Windows 7 to its successors.
Not only cost-efficient, but highly secure and productive as well, Windows 10 and Office 365 offer an upgraded experience for both IT departments and individual users alike. Incredibly well received, over half of current commercial devices are now on Windows 10, showing not only great traction but momentum too.
Full support offered at every stage in the process
To facilitate the migration, Microsoft is offering practical resources at user disposal. Detailed guidance on making the transition is available in step-by-step information through the Modern Desktop Deployment Centre. Compatibility between the applications is rated at 99.9% at present, with Windows 7 giving users full confidence in upgrading or purchasing new devices on Windows 10.
Any compatibility issues encountered with an app can be remedied through the Desktop App Assure program, which delivers engineering resources to resolve such problems.
Does the end of support mean an end to security?
Microsoft prioritises security and Windows 10 is its most secure operating system to date. The firm fully appreciates, however, that some users may be unable to migrate all of their devices and apps to Windows 10 completely before the 2020 deadline. Those customers needing additional time to make the shift before support comes to an end will benefit from several options available through Microsoft.
Extension options on offer from Microsoft
In September 2018, Microsoft announced that Extended Security Updates for Windows 7 will be made available. Windows 7 devices will be provided with free-of-charge Extended Security Updates via the soon-to-be-released Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop. This service will be offered through January 2023, providing users more ways to support unstable legacy apps and affording them more time to make the transition to Windows 10.
Users possessing legacy Windows 7 devices will have an additional resource if needed. As of April 1, 2019, the opportunity to purchase Extended Security Updates will become available. Each update will be sold per individual device to customers who are eligible. The price for these by-the-device Extended Security Updates will increase on an annual basis.
Devices that benefit from Windows 7 Extended Security Updates active through January 2023 will have support for Office 365 ProPlus. This allows customers purchasing Windows 7 Extended Security Updates to remain able to run Office 365 ProPlus on their devices.
Extra assistance to make the transition
If your company is currently using Windows 7, now is the time to schedule your migration. If you’re ready to make the transition to Windows 10 and Microsoft 365 or have questions and queries about making the shift, you can talk to our team at WM Reply – we are experts in data migration and business solutions.