Is it really the End for Windows 7

Is it really the End for Windows 7

The technology industry has seen significant advances over the past decade and is unlikely to slow down anytime soon. As a result, older versions of software and operating systems become deprecated as new versions emerge. The term for deprecated software/operating systems is also known as “end of life (EOL)”.

Its inevitable software and operating systems will become end-of-life as software vendors naturally strive for innovation, improvements and enhancements.

The requirement to upgrade or migrate an operating system is not a new concept; however, this can and does impact organisations differently. Many technology professionals can attest to good and bad experiences in relation to migrating from older systems to modern; however, the same patterns and problems can occur each time a migration is required.

As you may or not know, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 are End of life as of 10th of January 2023. Many organisations are still stuck on out-of-support / end-of-life operating systems. The good news is, there are ways and means to migrate and move to a supported operating system.

According to statcounter,  Windows 7 accounted for 11.2% of all windows installations by December 2022. However, this is not an accurate picture as off-network/air-gapped devices are not included. Microsoft Suggests that there are over 1.4 billion Windows 10 and 11 devices out in the wild. This suggests that there are over 204,680,000+ Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices in use today.

 It is clear there is a significant number of devices running out of support operating systems globally. One could argue that it is somewhat understandable that organisations are reluctant to migrate due to the pain points associated with applications and the risks of production systems failing to operate on a modern operating system. You can read more about addressing the challenges of legacy applications here.

Here are five example questions to help you plan for an Operating system migration project:

  • What hardware is in use, and what operating system and version are in use?
  • Does the hardware have any special/old features which need transferring or configuring on the new hardware?
  • Can we move the application/s easily?
  • If applications cannot be moved, what are my options?
  • Can I use older applications on modern operating systems, and if so, what are the considerations?

The above questions posed are commonly not asked in most organisations, and a lot of the issues regarding hardware compatibility, lost installation media and others become apparent during the migration project, inevitably causing lengthy delays.

Decoupling applications from the hardware offers improved flexibility and choice of target platform. This also enables more flexibility when it comes to addressing older application challenges that may not have been available or considered previously.

Microsoft has a much faster approach in terms of handling Windows 10 and 11 updates than previous operating system versions, and it’s doubtful there will be any slowdown anytime soon. This means organisations are subject to more technological change over a shortened period, which can create challenges for larger organisations with strict regulations, policies and processes. Organisations may also not realise the impact and strain on the IT Department due to the more frequent demand to migrate due to the faster depreciation of operating system versions.

It is important to fully understand your environment, starting with what could be described as stock control, what applications are in use, and where are the installation media, hardware, and documentation. Furthermore, having expensive systems like a CNC machine or an MRI scanner that cannot function can significantly impact the organisation. IT must carry out packaging and system configuration documentation to assist with migrating to new and replacement hardware/operating systems.

There is a common theme in the industry concerning the lack of or limited documentation, installation media, or licencing information.

A good question to ask: what can you do to address the migration challenges related to lack of application documentation, missing installation media and application compatibility?

appCURE was formed specifically to address these challenges and problems that commonly occur when attempting to migrate to a modern operating system. One of the key benefits appCURE offers is the ability to capture, repackage and migrate an application within 6-8 minutes (per-app); this enables organisations to migrate applications faster, reduce overall project time, and unstick those stalled projects.

Long-term migration projects should be considered a thing of the past.

Get in touch if your applications are stuck on an operating system, or you are experiencing a project stall due to applications, or you want to understand what you can do with your applications in a modern workspace environment,  appCURE and its partners can help.

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Legacy applications causing the IT industry headaches

Legacy applications causing the IT industry headaches

As the number of legacy applications continues to grow, the associated technical migraines are gaining in strength. Ryan Mangan, FBCS CITP, cloud and end-user computing technologist, and CTO at appCURE assesses organisations’ pain-killer options.

Have a read of the article on BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT on “Legacy applications causing the IT industry headaches”, which calls out the app challenges the industry faces and some of the options available to organisations to address the issues a organisation may face.

See the following link: Legacy applications causing the it industry headaches | BCS

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Intune Package Modernisation with appCURE

Intune Package Modernisation with appCURE

Over the last 10 years the Industry has seen some significant changes in technology. One of these changes is the ability to control devices using Cloud based services enabling configuration, policy and application management.

introduced in September 2022 appCURE released version 3.1 of appCURE studio including the ability to quickly upload both MSIX packages and Intunewin files.

This Intune upload feature enables the rapid upload of applications packaged with appCURE to be delivered directly into your Intune tenant ready for assignment to users/groups.

The following screenshot shows a simple application uploaded into Microsoft Intune ready to be assigned:

The following diagram provides a simple logical illustration of how this feature works:

 

This is a great feature for those who are delivering apps to Azure Virtual Desktop, Windows 365 aka (Cloud PC) and Physical devices.

appCURE’s key focus is to help customers get to production quicker and we continue to keep adding value in spaces where customers can save time and reduce costs.

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Join appCURE at VMware Explore Europe 2022

Join appCURE at VMware Explore Europe 2022

Join appCURE at VMware Explore Europe 2022 

Are you going to VMware Explore Europe? If you are… don’t forget to check out appCURE’s Session on Packaging MSIX packages into VMware AppVolumes.

See how appCURE accelerates packaging into both MSIX and Native App Volumes packaging formats.

Session Link:

VMTN3283EUR – The Ongoing Windows Application Challenge

 Session Summary:

This session discusses the shift from on-premises to cloud technology and how the deployment of infrastructure has accelerated. What took months/years now takes days/months. The industry may have cracked the scalable infrastructure challenge but what about the apps. What are the common application challenges organisations face when looking at workspace and application modernization projects. How the use of VMware App Volumes can help organisations successfully move to modern workloads.

 

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Announcing appCURE Studio v3

Announcing appCURE Studio v3

appCURE is pleased to announce appCURE Studio v3. 

 The latest version boasts a new product graphical user interface, improved core capabilities, and unique features that further support customers and partners. appCURE continues to focus on improving application migration, MSIX enablement, modernisation, and management capabilities, enabling customers to get to production faster.

This release brings the following feature announcements:

  • Intune Support for MSI and MSIX
  • Heterogeneity application reporting
  • Access to 4000+ applications for repackaging
  • Packaging optimisations
  • MSIX inspection and MSIX App Attach “Good candidacy Check”
  • Leading MSIX app attach tooling offering unmatched packaging capabilities and smoke testing
  • Advanced MSIX Certificate Management and handling
  • Multiple vendor Integrations
  • MSIX shared Package Container support

Read the full Change log here: 

Release appCURE Studio V3 · ssh2appslimited/appCURE_Studiov3_public

See the following press release for more information on this announcement:

appCURE (SSH2apps ltd) announces appCURE STUDIO V3 – IssueWire

Stay tuned for our next series of announcements on automation and partner integration.

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