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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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Staying On Windows 7: Windows Virtual Desktop

An alternative Windows 7 support option that Microsoft is providing, Windows Virtual Desktop, has yet to become generally available, but presumably will be available prior to the end of Windows 7 support in January 2020. That's because Microsoft is openly promoting the new Windows Virtual Desktop offering—a virtualized version of Windows that runs on Microsoft's Azure cloud platform—as a way for businesses to stay on Windows 7 and still get security support. And while Windows Virtual Desktop will come with a cost associated, the Windows 7 support itself won't add to the cost, Microsoft has said. Windows Virtual Desktop is "the only service to provide Windows 7 virtual desktop with free Extended Security Updates, giving you more options to support legacy apps while you transition to Windows 10," Microsoft executives wrote in a blog post.

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