Microsoft Pulls The Plug And Businesses Are Not Happy
Last week Microsoft reminded customers that two of their best products, Windows 7 and Windows mobile will no longer have support. Not only that – the Microsoft Lumia range will also be discontinued. If you’re looking to use these mobile for your business or if you’re currently still running Windows 7 in your workplace, take note of the details within this article.
Microsoft urged users, through their official blog, to hurry and adopt Windows 10 before Windows 7 support closes on the 14th of January 2020.
As one era comes to an end so does another. Windows phones are also finally accepting their fate as Windows 10 Mobile, will also lose support on the 10th of December 2019.
What does this mean?
It means that on the 10th of December 2019, Windows 10 Mobile users will no longer be eligible to receive new security updates, non-security hotfixes, no free assisted support options, or online technical content updates from Microsoft for free, according to statements from Microsoft.
Back-ups (of course), will persist until the 10th of March 2020. This isn’t even the worst news – If you own and support and use the Microsoft Lumia or Lumia XL range: your devices will no longer be supported after the 11 June 2019.
“With the Windows 10 Mobile OS end of support, we recommend that customers move to a supported Android or iOS device,”
“Microsoft’s mission statement to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more, compels us to support our Mobile apps on those platforms and devices.”Microsoft says
This is unfortunate news for any users and businesses that are currently using these products. Windows 7 is such a surprise as according to NetMarketShare, this is the most popular PC operating system in the world, with over 40% of Microsoft’s market share. Businesses and users are not happy with this decision.
How do i upgrade?
Contact us, as Microsoft partners we will be able to get you a better price as the upgrade is not free!
The path to upgrading for the Windows 7 is direct to Windows 10, however, this comes with a price. The push for Microsoft is to encourage businesses to migrate to Microsoft O365 – it’s a package of Office 365 and Microsoft Windows Support – which comes with a free-upgrade from Windows 7,8, or 8.1 Pro, but this comes with the $28AUD per month, per user, tag.
In the world of consumers, you really don’t have much options – You’ll be looking to pay $195AUD to download Windows 10 Home, the free upgrade window closed quite a while ago. Your only other option would be to opt for a system-builder… I’d just bite the $195.
What does this all mean for my business?
If you work with Windows Mobile across you business, you’re going to have to migrate your user’s phone data over to either an Adroid or an iOS device.
If you work with Windows 7, you will be looking at a financial burden: you’re required to back up all your data to an external hard drive or a cloud platform such as Azure, then upgrading all your user devices to Windows 10 or office 365 which requires and investment in time and money. We DO NOT recommend using Windows 7 after the support expires.
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