Three years after completing official support for Windows 7, Microsoft recommends not using the operating system because of “its obsolete security.”
Microsoft itself determined that the Windows 7 lifecycle will conclude on January 14, 2020. In parallel, major statistics show that Windows 7 continues to be the most widely used operating system in the world. Currently, it does not live up to the requirements that modern technologies must meet, or the high standards of security with which IT departments operate.
Microsoft’s new strategy to promote the migration to Windows 10 replaces the intense free upgrade campaign made during 2016, whose most aggressive initiative was to make Windows behave like malware. The company later regretted his decision .
In spite of the continuous security updates that Microsoft distributes for Windows 7, the efforts are not sufficient, since they only eliminate the existent vulnerabilities. That is, the fundamental security of Windows 7 is not improved. Companies should consider migrating to a modern operating system, well in advance of technical support expiration, in 3 years. Windows 7 implies both higher operating costs. You lose time and work because of increased malware attacks or increased support requests.
Another problem is the lack of drivers update by hardware manufacturers. Thus, peripherals such as modern printers no longer communicate properly with Windows 7, notes Aslaner, in whose view “Windows 7 was the first step on the road to the cloud along with being designed for the wireless world of the 2000s.
The executive is particularly concerned about the companies that currently consider migrating to Windows 7, and not doing so directly towards Windows 10. Companies and consumers, who are moving towards Windows 7, will face formidable risks in three years.
In this context, it is worth recalling a demonstration made by Microsoft, where they highlighted the capacity to neutralize Windows 10 zero – day attacks . For this, the company made reference to a concrete example of 2016 where it would have been demonstrated that Windows 10 is much more protected against new attacks than its predecessors. The demonstration is based on two Windows vulnerabilities identified as CVE-2016-7255 and CVE-2016-7256, which were removed from all supported versions of Windows last November. According to Microsoft, these vulnerabilities only affected versions prior to Windows 10, but not their later O/S. They found that the techniques introduced with the Windows 10 anniversary update – distributed months before these zero day attacks – were able to neutralize not only The specific attack code, but also attack methods. The result is that the vulnerable surface was significantly reduced, which would have been exposed to similar zero-day attacks.