By Ryan Squires Posted November 26, 2019
The venerable Windows® 7 faces the End of Life (EOL) distinction on Jan. 14, 2020. Released on Nov. 30, 2007 for business use, Windows 7 is still used by 48% of SMBs as reported by Spiceworks. With so many organizations still leveraging Windows 7, what does its EOL mean for you and your organization?
Windows 7 Popularity
There is a reason that Windows 7 held on for this long. For starters, when Microsoft® released Windows 7, it replaced one of the most despised OSs that Microsoft ever released — Windows Vista.
Windows Vista came out of the gate with a handful of issues. It had major compatibility problems that prevented people from using their computers in the ways that they had grown accustomed to with Windows XP. A lot of software and hardware that people had already purchased did not work with Vista, which caused users to complain so much that Dell rescinded its commitment to Windows Vista and began selling Windows XP licenses again.
As a result, many people held on to their XP machines, happy to continue using them until Windows 7 shipped. It then fell on Microsoft to ensure that Windows 7 worked well and did not face the same backlash that Windows Vista endured.
Windows 7 Early Days
People loved Windows 7 when Microsoft released it. Lifewire notes that one of the biggest reasons for its appeal was that it worked out of the box, with support for a wide range of components due to the fact that a significant number of device drivers came preinstalled. Users loved Windows 7 because it delivered increased speed and stability improvements over Windows Vista.
Aside from under the hood tuning, Windows 7 also included usability enhancements that boosted user productivity. For example, it was the first time that users could pin applications to the taskbar for easy access. In use, app pinning functions a bit like Microsoft’s version of the macOS® dock.
Perhaps the most useful feature that Microsoft introduced to Windows 7 was Aero (Read more...)