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Enterprises and Windows 7 End of Life

According to a recent study by Oregon-based enterprise content delivery company Kollective, over 40% of large enterprises still have computers running Windows 7. The study, published in a white paper published 365 days before Windows 7 EOL surveyed over 1,000 IT professionals in enterprises in the United Kingdom and the United States. There’s more: Windows XP or Vista are still used in 16% of surveyed enterprises, Windows 8 / 8.1 in 21%.

Screenshot from white paper 365 Days until The Death of Windows 7.

These numbers are quite alarming, considering that Microsoft announced end of life for Windows 7 almost four years ago. Microsoft will offer extended support for Windows 7 for large enterprises after its EOL date of 1/14/2020. But such support comes at a huge cost. Back in 2014 when support for Windows XP ended, the cost for obtaining extended support worked out to about $200 per year per device. The cost to extend support for Windows 7 should be in the same ballpark.

Here are some more alarming numbers: 89% of IT decision makers admit they use at least some outdated applications, even when their security risks are known. Six percent of surveyed IT professionals do in fact know about Windows 7 EOL but are yet to do anything to prepare for it. Worse, an amazing 17% aren’t even aware of Windows 7 EOL. Also, the Windows as a Service (WaaS) concept is unfamiliar to 15% of IT professionals.

Quote from the Kollective publication:

For many enterprises, there remains a worrying lack of awareness around the death of Windows 7. A small number of businesses have not even realized that they only have one year to migrate to Windows 10, let alone started their migration process.

For even more enterprises, there is a lack of awareness around the issue of ‘Windows as a Service’. While many businesses have started their migration to Windows 10, they have not yet realized the implications of this migration to their ongoing update and patching schedule. Of those surveyed, 15% were not aware of this change in the frequency of updates and, as a result, have no plan in place to manage updates at scale and keep their systems secure.

I find this study quite alarming. If you work in enterprise IT, I wholeheartedly recommend you to download the white paper, then read it through carefully . For private Windows 7 users still unfamiliar with Windows 10, please read my recent post about how to get it for free.


Author: Kari Finn

A former Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site TenForums.com.

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