Software updates are inevitable because the world changes, new features are needed to cater for new circumstances, and more importantly than ever, new threats need new defences. This is true for every operating system in this fast-moving consumer world.
Windows 7 was launched 10 years ago in 2009, so it should (hopefully) come as no surprise now that support for Windows 7 ends 14th January 2020. Windows 7 certainly was, and still is, a very popular version of Windows both for businesses and home users alike. As of March this year, Windows 7 still had a market share of 38.41% – admittedly sitting behind Windows 10 at 40%. Undoubtedly, many have been so happy with the product that they have seen no reason to upgrade, despite Microsoft starting their message bombardment about the “end” of Windows 7.
Over the years Microsoft have delivered Windows Upgrades in the form of a new Operating System - a big bang on a 3 or 4 year schedule. With Windows 10, Microsoft have changed their strategy by moving to a system of continuous development. So, instead of a wholescale O/S upgrade every few years you get smaller updates every six months, spring and autumn, most importantly at no cost.
So we are spared the whole roundabout routine that’s accompanied the launch of Windows 95, XP, Vista, 8 and the rest.
By adopting this approach Microsoft’s Windows 10 offering is now in-line with the competition. For example, when you buy a product from Apple or any Android smartphone or tablet come to think about it, you receive no-cost upgrades for as long as the device is supported.
So, what to do? We all need to ensure we are secure and the workforce is as productive as possible, but whether it’s worth paying for Windows 10 depends on how long you expect the PC you are buying it for to last.
What do we mean by that? Windows is usually great value when buying a new PC/laptop because the hardware manufacturer pays Microsoft a relatively small sum – with hardware typically being usable for at least four years. That can work out to be less than £1 a month, and the longer the hardware lasts the cheaper it is.
So, paying Microsoft £155 for a Windows 10 license may not be the most economical for you. The hardware in use would need to last at least another 2.5 years to mirror the cost of a new PC, so is it better to put the £155 per machine against a hardware refresh?
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