I am usually late to the party, when it comes to technology. I don’t always read emails from Microsoft either, I confess.
But I did read one recently, and although many of you will be well ahead of me on this subject, I thought to share the information anyway. As regular readers will recall, ‘planned obsolescence’ is one of my constant annoyances. It seems that Microsoft is about to jump on this bandwagon, regarding the Windows 7 operating system.
The email informed me that all support will be withdrawn from Windows 7 in January, 2020. There will be no further updates, security patches, or technical advice provided by the company. They did something similar with my old favourite, Windows XP, some years ago. Now having just got used to Windows 7 on my 2012 PC, it seems that I may well be forced to upgrade to Windows 10, to ensure a smooth experience of computing, without the dangers of no security, and no updates. They also hinted that ‘other applications’ would cease to be compatible with the ‘old system’.
For those of you comfortable with computers, Apple users, and the many of you who find computing as easy as falling off a log, this will probably not concern you in the least. But in my case, it represents just another annoying and unnecessary ‘forced upgrade’. The email also served as a blatantly cynical marketing ploy, suggesting that I buy a new computer early in 2020, or face electronic Armageddon if I remain stubborn. They provided links to numerous special offers that invited me to spend up to £700 on a new PC, or £450 on a laptop.
And what of the old equipment, that would end up being so much junk? Landfill, presumably.
So I ask these serious questions of my computer-savvy friends at WordPress.
Will I need to change my system?
Will remaining with Windows 7 be as potentially disastrous as implied?
Or can I just blunder on in the same old way, and ignore the warnings of Microsoft?