IT'S NO huge secret that we don't hold Microsoft's methods of selling products in high regard.
In a blog post on Technet, we're warned that Windows 7 "only" has three years of updates left, and even then it can't hold a candle to Windows 10 in terms of enterprise features and security.
Tell that to the 40+ per cent of enterprises still using it.
"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.
"To give users a contemporary interaction between software and hardware, new processor generations only by the respective current Windows platform supports" explains Microsoft (via a Bing translation)
"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."
This is, of course, blatant scaremongering. And notwithstanding that Microsoft has already made it more difficult for Windows 7 and 8 users by limiting compatibility with modern processors, the fact remains that many businesses aren't able to update as there are compatibility issues with Windows 10 in much bespoke software.
Although it would be a foolhardy business that uses Windows Vista, it seems that Microsoft is keeping that, rather important end-of-life (in three months) on the down-low as they're not going to make as much money from it, and despite Windows XP having a near ten per cent market share made up of some of the most vulnerable organisations like police and government, the Redmond machine is determined to go after the low hanging fruit.
"Thanks to the new principle 'Windows as a Service' is Windows 10 up to date and safe is the coming Creators Update Windows 10 from this spring is with intelligent security and efficient management capabilities expand. In addition to state-of-the-art security features, Windows 10 provides enterprise IT with a more flexible management and simplified deployment. For example, more than 96 percent of business customers worldwide are evaluating Windows 10."
Big whoop - we're evaluating having a team holiday to Nassau, but it ain't going to happen. It's just more meaningless guff from a company desperate for your money. µ
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