Ever since Microsoft launched Windows 10 OS and made it available to download for free to users worldwide for nearly a year, the company has consistently encouraged users to upgrade to the latest OS as it brings in advanced customisation settings, an advanced browsing experience through Edge, cross-operability and file sharing across all devices and advanced security features.
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In August of last year, Microsoft also released the Windows 10 Anniversary edition which introduced several features to make your Windows 10 device more secure, easier to use and more productive than before. These upgrades include added security protection, Windows Information Protection, Windows Ink, a more friendly Cortana, more power-efficient Edge browser, the new Xbox Play Anywhere programme and added functionality for students.
Considering that Windows 10 and the Anniversary version have penetrated a majority of desktops and other devices, especially those used by corporate users, Microsoft is now ensuring that the years-old Windows 7 OS is no longer in use and that Windows 7 users migrate to the newer versions of the operating system as soon as possible. The company today announced that Windows 7 no longer meets modern security requirements and that it is no longer fit to be used by enterprises and business customers.
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"Windows 7 comes slowly into the years. Today, it does not meet the requirements of modern technology, nor the high security requirements of IT departments," said Markus Nitschke, Head of Windows at Microsoft Deutschland. "Windows 7 is based on long-outdated security architectures. Three years before the end of the support, corporate customers in particular should deal with the transition to a modern operating system in good time. Companies and users who are on their way to Windows 7 with their sensitive data within three years are faced with enormous dangers. Already today virtually every company has to expect cyber attacks, 51 percent of all German companies have already been victims of such attacks," noted a blog post by Microsoft Germany.
Microsoft also noted that because of its outdated security architecture, maintenance of Windows 7 involves high operating costs due to high number of malware attacks or increased support requests from customers. Windows 7 also does not recognise many modern peripherals like printers as hardware manufacturers are producing devices compatible with the latest operating systems.
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Microsoft ended basic support to the Windows 7 platform back in 2015 but users of the platform will continue to receive security updates . However, the company today announced that the platform will stop receiving security updates from January 14, 2020 post which the platform will no longer be supported in any way. Microsoft is thus advising users to migrate to modern operating systems at the earliest so that they remain protected from malware attacks and get to use the latest features introduced by Windows 10 and its Anniversary update.
Microsoft will release its new Windows 10 Creators Update this year which will let users enjoy virtual reality, augmented reality and 3D experiences. Being tested by Windows Insiders at the moment, the new update, true to its name, will bring out the creator in you, letting you utilise Windows programmes like Paint, Word and PowerPoint to create 3D effects and to use them in a variety of ways.