Why Windows 7 and not Windows 8.1

What determines moving to Windows 7 as opposed to the newly released version of Windows 8.1

There are many parameters in determining when to make a move to a new operating system. Business organizations worldwide depend on Information Technology expertise to help them make this critical move. 

For this discussion we will keep the determining factors focused on the ones affecting York. The main driver for moving to a new platform is the platforms end of life set by the manufacturer.  

Lifecycle – begins when the operating system is released and ends when it’s no longer receiving extended support which means there are no more fixes, updates or technical support patches and releases. 

Windows XP lifecycle comes to and end April 8, 2014. While there will no longer be any support for the product as of this date, it doesn’t mean your computers will stop working on that day. The reason it’s important to move on when the operating system is no longer supported is that without most of those fixes, updates and technical support the operating system is vulnerable to threats by hackers and poses a security threat especially for computers on a network.   Ignoring the lifecycle time frame for change and you could be opening yourself up to attacks and exploits by hackers who know Microsoft will no longer be releasing security updates or patches. 

Another critical point of the lifecycle is the developers of software packages which support XP. Once the lifecycle comes to an end so does their support on that platform. The reason York is moving to Windows 7 and not Windows 8 is because Windows 8 was just released in October of 2013. Most software developers have yet to update their software products to support this new and unproven platform. Windows 8 was released as a touch screen and tile based interface which has been slow to catch on. Windows 8.1 released year end 2013 is an attempt to provide a hybrid of the touch screen tile base platform and the XP classic screen we have all been accustom to. Windows 7 is mature, is compatible with most standard software since being released in 2009 and currently has the largest market penetration.  Additionally it’s lifecycle for extended support ends in 2020 plenty of time to plan the next platform change.

 For more detailed information on this visit the Microsoft Windows Lifecycle fact sheet at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/products/lifecycle

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