Companies and individuals relying on Windows 7 need to start thinking about upgrading. According to Microsoft, Windows 7 support is ending January 14, 2020.
In a post on the company’s site, Microsoft points out that it has been a full 10 years since Windows 7 debuted. As the company ends support for the operating system, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates, software updates or technical support.
“While you could continue to use your PC running Windows 7, without continued software and security updates, it will be at greater risk for viruses and malware,” the post reads. “Going forward, the best way for you to stay secure is on Windows 10. And the best way to experience Windows 10 is on a new PC. While it is possible to install Windows 10 on your older device, it is not recommended.”
As Microsoft points out, PC prices have fallen significantly in the years since Windows 7 was in its prime. While buying new hardware may not be wanted, at least the latest hardware will ensure many more years of support.