Microsoft Extends Support Policy, Improves Tools and Reinforces the Need for Windows Enterprise


Published: 17 October 2018 ID: G00373962

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Summary

Microsoft has changed Windows 10 support to provide welcome relief to infrastructure and operations leaders responsible for managing PCs; however, these improvements require Windows Enterprise. Paid Windows 7 extended support was also announced, but IT leaders should not delay Windows 10 migrations.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
  • Impacts and Recommendations
    • Extension of Support to 30 Months for the Annual xx09 Feature Updates Reduces Disruption and Increases Organizations’ Flexibility
    • Customers Requiring More Time to Complete Windows 7 Migrations Will Have a Formalized, Paid Program for Extending Security Fixes
    • Organizations That Want to Subscribe to Office 365’s Online Services Will Be Able to Run Office 2016 Through Most of 2023
  • Gartner Recommended Reading
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