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Extension Granted For Windows 7 Support For Six Months

By December 12, 2020May 24th, 2021IT Support, Technology News

Microsoft has had a firm date to end support for Windows 7 on the books for over a year. They’ve insisted repeatedly that there was no flexibility in the date, so Windows 7 users would need to upgrade or risk not being protected by security patches.

Then the pandemic hit, and after wrestling with the decision for a number of months, the company decided to extend support after all.

This was done to give IT managers a bit more time to upgrade. If you’re still running one or more Windows 7 machines, you’ve got at least six more months to upgrade, perhaps longer. A six month extension is assured and beyond that, the company will reevaluate, based on prevailing conditions.

Microsoft isn’t the only company offering an extended grace period. Google has announced that they’ll continue Chrome support for Windows 7 through at least January 15th, 2022.

This is, of course, great news for anyone still running Windows 7, and there’s no denying that the sudden influx of tens of millions of people working from home forced big tech to innovate quickly to support that influx, it has hurt development in other ways.

Google’s Max Christoff, an engineering Director for Chrome, summed it up thusly:

“While the past few months served as a catalyst for technology investments and digital transformation initiatives for many organizations, for others, some planned IT projects may have had to take a back seat.”

In any case, if you’re behind schedule in terms of migrating away from Windows 7, you can breathe a sigh of relief, and now have a bit more time to get it done.

Jason Manteiga

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.

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