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Microsoft trashes Win 7 to force W10 upgrade

Microsoft is trashing its own product, Windows 7, calling it outdated, in a bid to force businesses to upgrade to Windows 10.

In a blog post (Google translation), Markus Nitschke, head of Windows at Microsoft Germany, said: (Windows 7) does not meet the requirements of modern technology, nor the high security requirements of IT departments. As early as in Windows XP, we saw that companies should take early steps to avoid future risks or costs."

He added that Windows 7 was the first step on the way to the cloud but could no no longer keep up with increased security requirements.

Windows 7 will reach the end of its extended support period on 14 January 2020, a little less than three years from today.

It seems unlikely that Microsoft will adopt the same tactics to force businesses to upgrade as it did with ordinary users in 2016.

Nitschke said that many hardware manufacturers do not provide drivers for Windows 7 any longer, and many developers and companies refrain from releasing programs on what he called "the outdated operating system".

He said Windows 7 was based on security architecture that was outdated and that corporate customer should deal with the transition to Windows 10 three years before support ended.

Nitschke also referred to the prevalence of cyber attacks, saying that 51% of all German companies running Windows 7 had been victims of such attacks.

There are numerous cases of ransomware attacks on Windows 10 as well, but Nitschke did not refer to them.

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A professional journalist with decades of experience, Sam for nine years used DOS and then Windows, which led him to start experimenting with GNU/Linux in 1998. Since then he has written widely about the use of both free and open source software, and the people behind the code. His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

 

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