Technology Update: The End-of-Sales Date for Windows 7 & 8.1 is 10/31/16

Windows 7 & 8.1 Sales Will Soon Be Coming to an End!

Microsoft has announced that official end-of-sales for PCs running the Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 operating systems is Oct. 31, 2016.

What exactly does this mean for your company and you? It means after that date, you will no longer be able to purchase new systems from Microsoft or a third party with the older version of the operating system preinstalled.

However, certain businesses can find a way around the deadline. After Oct. 31, 2016, organizations participating in the Volume Licensing program may leverage Software Assurance or downgrade rights to switch from Windows 10 to Windows 7 on new PCs.

Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 are still being supported by Microsoft for several more years (See the Fact Sheet Here for exact dates), so this news doesn’t mean it’s critical to make any immediate changes.

If you prefer a homogenous environment for your network users, however, it would be wise to start working on a plan to upgrade user machines to Windows 10 –providing all your applications will work with that newer operating system.

Clare Computer Solutions understands that every company, and every IT infrastructure is different. We can help you create a technology refresh roadmap to ensure your technology will stay up to date and running at optimal levels. Contact us today to get started.