Business hurdles for Windows 7 end of life
Adopting Windows 10 can be as simple as upgrading an existing Windows 7 computer based on your Microsoft licensing agreement, but in many cases, a device refresh may be necessary due to hard drive space, system resources or physical capabilities. From a financial perspective, the cost of a new computer — plus IT staff setup time and lost user productivity during the transition — comes at a significant price.
IT can purchase desktops pre-loaded with Windows 10 for a few hundred dollars, but users will often ask for system upgrades at the same time, such as monitors or a laptop instead of a desktop. All of a sudden, Windows 7 end of life may cost the business an unexpected several thousand dollars per user. Ouch!
The end of life of an operating system gives IT the opportunity to reassess the current environment and implement changes. The key decision around Windows 7 end of life is determining which alternative best suits your organization. Sounds easy, right?
Any major change requires people to implement it. Regardless of which user computing option IT selects, it may include engaging consultants or temporary staff if the existing team can’t address the additional workload requirements, which further adds to the budget requirements.
Windows 7 end of life presents numerous business and technical challenges. With only 18 months to go, planning and execution need to accelerate to ensure that January 2020 doesn’t arrive with unpatched Windows 7 computers running in your organization.
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