Windows 7 support will end before we know it! Time to start real planning for Windows 10.

Even though Windows 7 has been out since 2009, I feel like we all just got there. True, we've been there for a few years, but I still feel like we're all collectively catching our breaths and we relax for a minute before we start thinking about the next move.

Even though Windows 7 has been out since 2009, I feel like we all just got there. True, we’ve been there for a few years, but I still feel like we’re all collectively catching our breaths and we relax for a minute before we start thinking about the next move.

After all, we all skipped Windows 8, and Windows 10 just came out, so we have time, right?

Windows 7 extended support ends in 2020. That’s plenty of time, right?

Well, hmm.. actually Windows 7 support ends in January 2020. Really that’s late 2019. And of course we don’t want to let it go down to the wire like we did with Windows XP, so we should probably plan to be on Windows 10 by 2018.

Luckily it’s only 2015 now. Of course, 2015 is almost over. And we need a year to plan and a year to do the rollout, so there go 2016 and 2017...

It reminds me of this moment from Friends when Rachel turns 30:

So, if I want to have a kid when I’m 35, I don’t have to get pregnant until I’m 34 . . . Oh wait, but I do want to be married for a year before I get pregnant . . . so I don’t have to get married until I’m 33. So that’s 3 years! Oh, wait a minute though—I’ll need a year and a half to plan the wedding, and I’d like to know the guy for like a year.. year and a half before we get engaged… which means I need to meet the guy by… the time… I’m 30. :(

What’s your plan for Windows 10? Is it on your radar yet? Are you just going to do a phased rollout as you replace hardware? Are you thinking about it now, or is this a few years down the road? Are you going to take the same approach you did with Windows 7?

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Good analogy, but is migrating to Windows 10 going to be anywhere near as hard as going from XP to 7? Maybe it'll take a few years for physical PCs if people just migrate as they upgrade hardware, like Gabe was talking on the podcast, but beyond that, why will it take that long?


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