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The death of Windows 7 is not exaggerated, says software firm

[ February 19, 2019   //   ]

Shippers and freight forwarders need to act soon to ensure that their systems are ready for the end of extended support for the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 Operating systems, warns Southampton-based IT firm, Albacore.
Director, Cliff Atkinson said: “The end of Windows 7 support has been creeping towards us for a very long time now. Windows 7 has been a loyal servant to many Albacore customers and to businesses worldwide since its launch in 2009, but it’s now time to move things forward. “
Albacore’s experience of the end of Windows XP support in 2014 suggests manufacturers of hardware components and systems know that demand for their products will increase at the end of 2019. At the same time, new Windows 10-ready hardware will bring advances in storage and CPU technology. Updated server technology, in particular the growth of virtual machines, allow for more cost-effective deployment of server hardware, and more modular IT systems, as well as opening the door to cost- effective disaster recovery solutions.
Atkinson continues: “Intel, the largest global player in CPU and chipset technologies, continues to report stock shortages of CPUs due to problems with delivering sufficient volumes of their latest CPU parts. This adds to the pressures on PC manufacturers and it will reflect adversely in the cost and specification of their systems during 2019.”
He suggests that all companies should get their new systems installed and working by the end of the second quarter of 2019 at the very latest to avoid the industry-wide rush and any price increases, adding: “Working with a technology partner who knows the industry and the specific requirements of the customer to deliver the new solution will certainly help. Also, there’s the Brexit grant scheme that’s now gaining momentum which can provide funding for new equipment.”