It’s the end of an era. Today’s date, January 14, has been on the books for years now, and it’s the day that support ends for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008. More specifically, extended support is ending for Windows 7 Service Pack 1, and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 and 2.[…]
There are, of course, workarounds. Microsoft is offering Extended Security Updates (ESUs) for those willing to pay up, and it’s only available for Windows 7 Professional and Enterprise. The price is going to be per-machine, and it will double every year. In other words, if you’ve got a business with multiple Windows 7 PCs, it’s going to be costly to keep them on the legacy OS. ESUs will be available for three years. You can get ESUs through volume licensing or through Microsoft 365.
Windows 7 is 11 years old by now, and moving the operating system strictly to paid maintenance seems acceptable – you can’t expect operating systems to be maintained forever. This means that unless they’re planning on being irresponsible, Windows 7 users will have to start moving to Windows 10. They might want to download one of the many debloat programs, followed by a a tool that gives them strict control over Windows 10’s leaky privacy settings.
Or, you know, move to something else entirely.
I’m taking this opportunity to remove the last couple of things in my house that still run Windows, since I don’t feel it offers me anything I need anymore.
Serious question though to those in the know- What does Windows 10 really offer that Windows 7 doesn’t? I’m not talking about additional stuff that has since been developed by Microsoft or by third parties, but rather what Windows 10 as a platform can do that Windows 7 couldn’t be made to do? I struggle to think of anything useful to me, hence why I left the ecosystem.
This is a genuine question, not trying to be snarky. I’m sure there are things that I haven’t considered.