While there will certainly be many positive things about Microsoft Windows 10 moving to Windows as a Service, there are also some unexpected consequences. Today, we’re going to look at how these changes are going to affect businesses all around the world.
Most notably, Microsoft Windows users have always known where they stood in terms of cyber security updates. This is because Microsoft published the maintenance dates in advance, and everyone knew when their version of Windows would no longer be supported.
For example, Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7 in 2020, which means no updates after that. Based on that data, business owners could make calculated decisions on when invest in upgrading their operating systems.
However, with Windows 10 and its newer business model, things are bound to change. Even though it still has an end-of-support date (October 2025), some unexpected changes are in the works.
To name one example, PCs which use Intel’s Clover Trail processors were blocked from getting the Windows 10 Creators Update due to Intel no longer supporting them, even though millions of PCs that had them integrated were sold just a couple of years ago. More alarmingly, they were scheduled to also stop receiving security updates soon after.
Thankfully, Microsoft decided to extend the support deadline for Clover Trail PCs until 2023.
The bottom line is, businesses, in addition to consumers, want certainty, at least to some degree. Although it’s natural to upgrade your IT arsenal at some point, Microsoft should be clearer in terms of what to expect and how it will affect users.