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Do I Need To Upgrade To Windows 8?

Ron from NC writes:

I’m a little confused – I bought a new computer last year with Windows 7 already installed. After a couple of rough spots, I’ve grown to really like it, but now they are coming out with Windows 8! So, if I just want to keep 7 and not mess with 8, is there anything I have to do, or can I just keep on with 7 and not upgrade?

…and will these upgrades ever stop?¬†

Great question! A lot of people are in the same boat and wondering can they keep using Windows 7? Do they need to upgrade to 8? Will they still get software patches and fixes for Windows 7?

The good news is that Windows 7 isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Microsoft has¬†traditionally offered long support cycles – for businesses especially, due to corporate customers needing guaranteed support for 3-5 years at a time. In other words, Windows 7 will continue to be supported by Microsoft with software patches, security updates and software.

Additionally, Windows 8 is also built on the same basic code that Windows 7 was built on, thus allowing software developers to easily build programs compatible with both. Since all estimates indicate Windows 8 will be most popular on tablets and notebooks with touch screens (with slower adaption by desktop and laptop users), software companies will have a strong incentive to keep releasing Windows 7 compatible software.

Will the cycle ever end? I doubt it. Windows 8 does represent a massive leap forward on ease-of-use for people with touch screen computers, but the good news is computing power may finally be reaching a point where new computers no longer speed up “basic” tasks; just increase the types of amazing things you can do or the speed of more advanced tasks.