Security alert: Windows 7 no longer safe, says Microsoft


Microsoft yesterday encouraged business users to make the switch to a newer version of the operating system, claiming Windows 7 is no longer “fit” to be used in businesses.

The firm said Windows 7 “does not meet the requirements of modern technology, nor the high security requirements of IT departments”.

Microsoft has warned that the Windows 7 operating system is outdated and more susceptible to malware attacks that wouldn’t affect Windows 10. Head of Windows at Microsoft Germany, Markus Nitschke, said: “It provides for higher operating costs – for example, maintenance, lost working time due to increased malware attacks, or increased support requests.

“At the same time, many hardware manufacturers no longer provide drivers for Windows 7, which means that modern peripherals such as printers are no longer recognised. “So Windows 10 is the only version of Windows provides the appropriate support for the latest chips from Intel, AMD and Qualcomm. ]

“In addition, many programs are already written or developed for the newer versions of Windows.” Windows 7’s extended support ends on January 14, 2020.

The operating system left mainstream support in 2014, meaning that for the last two years—and next three—it only receives security fixes.


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