Thought this is interesting; courtesy of "The Oldie" mag.
The hidden costs of the digital age
"Recent news from Microsoft highlighted the fact that, digitally speaking, we don't really own anything, we borrow it. As of 20th January 2020, they will be withdrawing free support for Windows 7, support consisting largely of security updates and bug fixes that keep the crooks out.
Of course, many organisations (and people) still use Windows 7 - generally big organisations, especially public services with stretched budgets and thousands of computers. Windows will provide support until 2023, but at a price – $50, $100 then finally $200 per machine per year. If you have 1000 computers (which an organisation with 800 employees easily might), this support would be a total cost of $350,000, and failure to pay will effectively unlock the back door and invite the baddies in.
The trouble is, $350,000 might be the cheapest short term option. The alternative is to upgrade to Windows 10, which a machine currently running Windows 7 may not be capable of handling, and so will need replacing.
The brutal truth is that every organisation, however big or small, should budget for replacing all their computers every three years, just as they do with vehicles.
I bet most don’t."
I have 7 and 10, but far prefer to use 7. Anyway I won't be around to worry!
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