In an article posted by Microsoft Germany, the tech company is urging users still choosing to stay with Windows 7 to make the shift towards Windows 10 – warning them that the aging operating system is unsafe, and harder and more expensive to maintain.
In the blog post published by Milad Aslaner, senior product manager for Microsoft in Germany, he said that Microsoft’s planning to cut off all support – including things such as security updates and tech support – for Windows 7, by the next decade. Two years ago, Microsoft decided to slowly kill its “mainstream support” for Windows 7, which meant users still got all the important security updates but are not getting any new functions or features.
Microsoft 7 doesn’t meet standards
What I noticed most about the post was the disparaging comments, from a Microsoft employee, about what remains the company’s most popular operating system.
“Today, (Windows 7) does not meet the requirements of modern technology, nor the high security requirements of IT departments,” Markus Nitschke, head of Windows at Microsoft Germany, mentioned in the blog post, which we translated to English via Google Translate. “As early as in Windows XP, we saw that companies should take early steps to avoid future risks or costs.”
However, Nitschke also stated that, Windows 10 offers the “highest level of security and functionality at the cutting edge.” Because of its software-as-a-service model, Windows 10 is always up-to-date, he said.
Some people still hold on to Windows 7
In a press release last September, Microsoft said that Windows 10 has reached 400 million active devices, a year after it was launched. But it appears quite a few Windows users have procrastinated or resisted switching from Windows 7 to Windows 10.
However, analytics company NetMarketShare revealed that, as of December, Windows 7 held the greatest market share among all operating systems for desktops at almost 50 per cent. That is down slightly from about 56 per cent in December 2015. Windows 10 ranked second and is gaining ground, over the same period, more than doubling from 10 per cent market share to 24 per cent.
Now, let’s move on to Windows 7 Starter…
What I’ve personally noticed in Windows 7 Starter
Given the disadvantages mentioned above, here are the downsides that I personally dislike about Windows 7 Starter:
Windows 7 has no Tablet PC Support
For those who like the Tablet style of computing, which allows you to write on the tablet screen, Windows 7 Starter is a definite no-no. There are netbooks out there that have Tablet capabilities, but you won’t get them while using Windows 7 Starter.
I have a problem with the desktop
This seems more of a pet peeve, but I bet it will be the No. 1 reason people will stay away from Windows 7 Starter. The desktop background is locked, with the Windows logo as the background. You can’t personalize it at all. No pictures of your girlfriend or pets, or from your vacation in Bangkok. People like it when their computers can be personalized; Windows 7 Starter doesn’t seem to have a personality at all.
However, citing these limitations does not mean that Windows 7 or Windows 7 Starter doesn’t work well. However, before deciding not to shift to Windows 10 or buy windows 7 Starter, you should know about these limitations and decide whether it’s worth it to have them.