In this episode of My TechDecisions Podcast, Associate Editor Zachary Comeau talks to MJ Shoer, founder and principal consultant of MJ Shoer, LLC, an IT consulting firm based in Portsmouth, N.H. Shoer talks about the Windows 7 end of life, the upgrade to Windows 10, and what businesses should think about when they’re considering their options.
Microsoft will provide extended security updates for up to three years, but those costs can give you a pretty hefty bill, as the company will charge you up to up to $50 per machine for year one, and that cost doubles each year.
According to Shower, that might not be in your best interest, as Windows 10 is catching on with enterprises and end users across the world.
We spoke to Shower after news reports that the German government was facing a bill of $887,000 to keep its Windows 7 security features up to date after the country failed to upgrade to Windows 10 before the older operating system’s end-of-life date of Jan. 14.
Shoer says some of the hesitancy to upgrade is due to concern that some apps won’t be compatible with the new system, but those claims are so far unfounded, he said. Most of the reluctance is just a resistance to change.
Despite a recent string of high-profile errors and update glitches with Windows 10, it’s still the operating system of choice for most businesses.
Enterprises behind the ball on their operating system update can upgrade in several ways. The process can be time-consuming, but it has to be a coordinated process across an enterprise, Shower says.
Any technology manager currently considering their options with their Windows operating system should give this episode a listen.
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