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The Top 7 Things To Know About Windows 7 End-Of-Life

With Microsoft ending support for Windows 7 in January 2020, businesses that haven't migrated to Windows 10 have some crucial decisions to make.

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Windows 10 Update Schedule

One of the biggest adjustments for businesses moving from Windows 7 to Windows 10 is the accelerated cadence of new update rollouts, via the arrival of the "Windows as a Service" era. Unlike Windows 7, Windows 10 gets a new version released every six months—and each version has a limited support lifespan of monthly updates from Microsoft. For instance, Windows 10 Pro—which is used by many SMBs—is only supported by Microsoft for 18 months. Meaning, IT organizations must prepare to update their PC fleets at least every 18 months on Windows 10, a requirement that many IT departments and solution providers view as burdensome. Organizations running Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education receive a longer support lifespan—30 months—for the Windows 10 fall feature updates. But they still get just 18 months for Windows 10 spring feature updates. Either way, Windows as a Service marks a massive change for businesses that have been running Windows 7 for many years.

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