Windows 7 and 8.1 unavailable after October 31, 2016

Windows 7 and 8.1 unavailable after October 31, 2016

Windows 7 and 8.1 unavailable after October 31, 2016

Windows 10

Microsoft (you may have heard of them) has announced that as of November 2016, PCs will no longer come preinstalled with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. After this date, systems will come preinstalled with some iteration of Windows 10.

Whilst this may be somewhat troublesome for Windows 7 and 8.1 users, typically, Microsoft pulls the plug on older versions of Windows two years after the release of the next update. In this context, Windows 7 should have been pulled in October 2014.

Technical support for Windows 7 will continue into 2020, and Windows 8 to 2023, but that won’t stop Microsoft from pushing Windows 10 where it can.

Windows 10, which launched in July this year, is still available as a free upgrade (for 12 months) for users with legitimate licenses. Whilst previous versions of Windows have come under scrutiny for being unnecessary, resource intensive, or simply unimpressive, Windows 10 has received much more positive reviews (Tech Radar, CNET, PC World).

If your business is considering an OS upgrade or has been considering a shift to windows 10, drop us a line and we can talk you through a few things to consider in moving up to Windows 10.

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