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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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Sticking With Windows 7

As mentioned, Microsoft isn't completely pulling the plug on Windows 7 as of Jan. 14, 2020. Businesses can still get security updates for their Windows 7 PCs past that deadline in two different ways—either through Microsoft's Extended Support offering, or by adopting the forthcoming Windows Virtual Desktop solution. However, "you'll have to pay somewhere if you want to stay on Windows 7," said Jeremy Moskowitz, founder and CTO of PolicyPak, maker of settings management software for Windows endpoints. "Either you'll pay for Extended Support, or pay for VDI—Windows Virtual Desktop delivered on Azure. If you pay for either one of those things, you'll be eligible for support past the 2020 deadline."

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