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Two-thirds of the companies would not be ready to stop supporting Windows 7. According to research by Kollective, almost half of the companies still run on the operating system. Microsoft will stop the extended support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020.

The Microsoft operating system will therefore be out of order in 500 days’ time. “That may seem like a long time, but it has taken many companies three years or more to get from Windows XP to Windows 7,” says Jon O’Connor, solution architect at Kollective, opposite IT Pro.

As many as 260 of the IT professionals in the United States and the United Kingdom have not yet set up a strategy to migrate to Windows 10, according to the study. That’s two-thirds of the companies. One-fifth of those surveyed did not even know that Microsoft was discontinuing support for the operating system.

A quarter of companies state that they leave it to the employees to migrate their systems to Windows 10. The danger of this is that fragmentation will occur, because not everyone switches to the new version of the operating system at the same time.


According to O’Connor, it can take at least a month for companies to migrate to a new platform. In addition, 27 percent of respondents say that network problems can occur when machines are transferred to Windows 10.

“For large companies, it is important to ensure that the update can be rolled out automatically and on a scale. But our research suggests that many companies do not have the right network infrastructure to perform this simultaneous update. As a result, they will spend months – or even years – migrating the systems completely. If the January 2020 deadline is missed, this could pose a major security risk to companies worldwide.”

However, according to Net Applications figures, Windows 10 is now being adopted quickly. In November, the operating system would be installed more often than Windows 7.

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