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As technology advances, engineers toil away at faster, more efficient processors, and at the next generation of OSes and apps for consumers. Twenty years ago, substantial upgrades to an operating system occurred every five or six years. Before then, software updates weren't necessarily required if you weren't using the latest and greatest features or technology.
The internet's pervasiveness has altered the traditional order of things. One advantage is that it has sped up the process of distributing patches and other maintenance updates. Weekly updates, monthly cumulative patches, and an occasional significant "feature update" are now standard for most major software and operating systems. For instance, major Chrome OS updates occur every two weeks and every year, Apple releases a big update to MacOS.
The increase in updates has heightened the need of being up-to-date, despite the fact that our newfound dependence on the Internet puts us at serious risk from cybercriminals and malicious software.
When clients realize their existing operating system or software is "end-of-life" or "out-of-support" and they must upgrade, two of the most common queries are "why does support end?" and "why should I upgrade, if this doesn't provide me with anything I think I need?"
In our latest ebook, we explore the different paths ahead for clients working with unsupported, legacy software and technologies.