Bumpy transitions between Windows updates are expected now, and that might be why Windows 7 remains the most popular and commonly used operating system. Windows 7 Pro will continue to sell a year past the date Microsoft originally planned it to. And Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs (computers that have these systems preinstalled) won’t end production until October of this year; two years after production was originally going to stop. Though Window 10 is meant to unite Microsoft’s business and consumer PC lines, 7 was expected to remain popular among business. As of right now, that’s still true. That doesn’t mean all news coming from Microsoft is entirely hopeful. In fact, it’s a little off putting if you were thinking about buying a new device in the near future. It’s gained the company a lot of backlash.
- If you still want to find a computer with Windows 7 Home Premium, your best bet would be a shop that specialized in refurbished computers. It might be a cheaper option but in five years you’ll need to upgrade if you don’t want a vulnerable system. If you’re looking for a computer with Pro installed, you’ll need to shop online.
- If you run a business it would be better to buy a computer with Windows 10, and then use any downgrade rights you still have to keep your version of Windows 7. While it’s still a viable OS for the present, this is the best choice you can make for the future of your company.
- Brand new PCs won’t support Windows 7 or 8.1; Microsoft gave no warning of this, so consumers and companies found out by finding Windows 10 already installed. If you found yourself in this situation, you may find there’s still a brief time where you can still install the operating systems. But there’s a greater chance that time has passed since a date was only vaguely implied. Microsoft also announced its ten-year support policy was also no longer in place.
- Businesses running on Intel’s Skylake processors were told Microsoft would only support certain devices, thereby forcing them into using Windows 10 if they wanted to continue using Microsoft’s services; and they aren’t being transparent about what’s forcing these changes.
You can decide for yourself if you’d like to make the change to Windows 10, or if you’re even more wary due to Microsoft’s vague, if not complete lack of, reasoning. Maybe Microsoft will renege on these unpopular changes. But even if they’ve changed their minds about continuing support of Windows 7, no news has come out about them decreasing the amount of time you have to upgrade. They also have plans for new Windows Phones with the new OS installed; paired with the cloud, they seem to be banking on this to pull them through. Other companies aren’t so quick to rush support Microsoft this time after the failed Windows 7 and 8 phones, plus headsets and other accessories. But Microsoft isn’t trying to overtake the Google and Apple giants this time. Instead they’ve made their Office suite available on the App store, and are also working with Apple to make it available on the iPad Pro. If they learn from their mistakes with Windows 8, 10 may just take some getting used to. And what looks like a dire turn may not be so bad. Only time can tell exactly how Microsoft’s plans with affect the average consumer. Will their attempt to make users’ information shareable to all devices backfire? Or is it even worth speculating the worse at this point in time?