Last week, Microsoft announced new plans to extend support for Windows 7 operating systems on certain Intel processors until 2018. But the flip side of that announcement was a quieter alert that major PC producers like Dell would not be able to sell new PCs preinstalled with Windows 7 after October 31st, 2016.
What does that mean for small businesses? Well, the end of life for older operating systems like Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 won’t come until Summer 2020, which is great. But if you’re like many business owners and employees, you might still be hesitant to upgrade to Windows 10, especially given the fact that its “Recommended Upgrade” status has taken some computer users by surprise. But the OS has received high marks, and now that’s it’s been out for nine months, many of the early security issues and minor bugs have been worked out.
Still, you may want to stick with Windows 7 for the foreseeable future. If that’s the case, and in you’re in the market for a new PC or company-wide equipment refresh, you’ll want to move your purchasing decision up to late summer — and September at the latest. That will also allow you the flexibility to know that you can buy a new computer now and transition from Windows 7 or 8.1 to Windows 10 at any time before July 17th, 2018, while still enjoying full support before the upgrade.
Unsure what OS to go with? Below are 5 pros for each version:
1) Provides a more updated and stable operating system for businesses and their employees
2) Employs stronger web-based security and manageability options
3) Allows for better graphics performance on desktops and battery life on laptops
4) Brings the Start button back to a place of prominence, uses a new built-in web browser, Microsoft Edge, instead of Internet Explorer, and offers a voice-controlled personal assistant
5) Comes pre-qualified, pre-installed, and fully loaded if you work with a trusted IT provider like CMIT Solutions, which maintains relationships with major companies like Dell and Microsoft
On the other hand, Windows 7…
1) Gives users a reliable, familiar experience that doesn’t try to be all things to all people the way Windows 8 and 8.1 did
2) Relies on tested, vetted and rock-solid security updates and bug fixes
3) Boasts a redesigned task bar that allows applications to be pinned to it for extra productivity and efficiency
4) Requires less memory and processing speed than earlier (and later) versions of Microsoft’s flagship OS
5) Still, as of March 2016, claims 52% market share, a number that has actually gone up over the last year or so
If you’re unsure about what version of Windows is right for you, unclear about end of support dates, or interested in finding out more about what a PC refresh might look like, contact CMIT Solutions today. We offer business-grade desktops and laptops that can stand up to the demands of your business — not consumer-grade products that won’t be able to get the job done.
In addition, we specialize in proactive monitoring, system maintenance, network security, backup and recovery solutions, and damage protection — the kind of comprehensive support that all of which will enhance the life of your computers and empower your staff to work harder and smarter. Call us today to find out more.