Windows 7 is dead; long live Windows 7. A decade has passed since Windows 7 was initially released, yet a substantial percentage of the market share has managed to resist switching to Windows 10. It's easy to understand why: After all, Windows 7 has remained more than sufficient for many tasks. However, Windows 7 extended support is going to be discontinued in January 2020, and businesses are going to need to upgrade Windows 7 to another solution if they want to maintain their security and productivity.
As a business owner or IT decision-maker, you'll probably love Windows 10, but you need to finish your transition first. As the Windows 7 end of life approaches, it's time to get your ducks in a row and make sure that your transition is going to move swiftly. Any transition from one system to another, whether a full switch or an upgrade, can be potentially disruptive if it isn't handled correctly. A checklist will leave less to chance, reducing your potential risks and preparing your employees for the change.
On January 14, 2020, Microsoft will end its extended support for Windows 7 — and the Windows 7 lifecycle will officially come to an end. Microsoft has already discontinued its mainstream support of the beloved operating system, ceasing active updates and new service packs. But the end of extended support means there will also be no further bug or security updates available: Any newly discovered vulnerabilities will stay vulnerable.