Microsoft Germany has come to the conclusion that Windows 7 is not able to maintain sufficient security requirements for business users in the country. A post, which has been translated via two online translate-o-tronic services, for clarity of message, states that Windows 7 “can no longer keep up with the increased security requirements” needed in this decade.
Markus Nitschke, head of Windows at Microsoft Deutschland, has apparently openly said that: “Windows 7 … does not meet the requirements of modern technology, nor the high security requirements of IT departments.”
“Windows 7 is based on long-outdated security architectures,” going on to say that, “corporate customers in particular should deal with the transition to a modern operating system in time.”
It seems that the relevance of time relates to the fact that support for Windows 7 will be short lived as the OS security updates in 2020 will be affected: “companies and users who are [migrating from] Windows 7 [along] with their sensitive data within three years are faced with enormous dangers,” the post explains.
Microsoft may well have a good argument as Windows 10 can combat malware that the OS cannot.
But it is possible that the uncertainty is creating doubts which fuels Microsoft’s hopes that more and more business users will move to Windows 10 – at the very minimum because the post appears to omit the fact that enterprises have high hopes for layered security when they invest a lot of time and money in standard operating environments.
However, as has been seen in prior reports week-day use of Windows 10 has levelled and OS stopped at the point that the free upgrade offer lapsed. It appears then that Microsoft needs to gather keep momentum whilst also keeping its PC using market motivated after seeing five years of decreasing sales.
It is possible that this post may encourage people to start focussing on desktop OS upgrades as a priority. The Register is of the opinion that the upcoming Creators Update, with in-built improved memory management, along with encouragement to achieve value from Software Assurance deals, will nudge more users towards Windows 10.