Microsoft makes it easier for firms to keep running Windows 7
"Microsoft has taken another decision that should make it easier for businesses to continue running Windows 7.
The technology giant has announced the release of the Windows 7 SP1 convenience rollup, a collection of security and other updates for the seven year-old operating system. The release includes core Windows fixes, security fixes and hot fixes that have been issued since Service Pack 1 was released in 2011 and is designed to simplify the updating process.
Microsoft's decision to release the bundle is a departure from the firm's stance earlier this year, when it said it had no news on the promised convenience rollup of fixes for Windows 7, stressing instead ‘the success our customers are experiencing upgrading to Windows 10’.
The release follows another recent choice by Microsoft to dial back pressure on businesses to move to Windows 10. At the beginning of the year, Microsoft announced it would phase out support for Windows 7 and 8 on new PC hardware. The move seemed designed to encourage businesses not to downgrade new Windows 10 machines to an earlier OS, as has been common in the past in order to standardise corporate hardware. However, Microsoft later watered down the plans, pushing back the point at which it will end full extended support for Windows 7 and 8.1 machines running on Intel's Skylake CPUs.”
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