Intune Plan for Change: Nearing End of Support for Windows 7


Today, we're posting the following message on the Office Message Center. We also wanted to build out an FAQ and answer any questions you may have (well, those that Intune can answer) on this upcoming change. We'll update this blog post and plan to add an FAQ as questions or clarifications are requested.

 

Intune Plan for Change: Nearing End of Support for Windows 7

Windows 7 reaches end of extended support on January 14, 2020. At that time, Intune will retire support for devices running Windows 7, so we can focus our investment on supporting newer technologies and providing great new end user experiences. After that date, technical assistance and automatic updates that help protect your PC will no longer be available. Microsoft strongly recommends that you move to Windows 10 before January 2020, to avoid a scenario where you need service or support that is no longer available. Read more about the Windows support lifecycle here.

 

How does this affect me?

You are receiving this message because you are currently managing Windows 7 PC's using the legacy Intune PC software agent. With a little over a year remaining before the end of Windows 7 extended support, we strongly encourage your organization to begin upgrading to Windows 10 as soon as possible.

PC management capabilities are built directly into the Windows 10 operating system, and you no longer need to install a client agent such as the Intune Software Client for Windows 7. Starting with Windows 8.1, Microsoft uses the Mobile Device Management (MDM) architecture to provision, configure, update, and manage Windows PCs. Once you have set up Intune, you can simplify Windows enrollment by enrolling Windows 10 PCs into Intune through the MDM channel. We recommend that you use this “agentless” MDM management solution to manage your Windows 10 PC’s.

 

What do I need to do to prepare for this change?

We encourage your organization to immediately consider this action plan:

  1. Plan and upgrade the Windows 7 fleet to Windows 10 before January 14, 2020.
  2. Use readiness assessment tools such as Desktop Analytics to help with upgrade readiness, providing guidance and insights into application and driver compatibility, and suggested fixes for a successful upgrade to Windows 10. Explore Windows 10 deployment support to learn more on how to upgrade your existing fleet of Windows 7 PC's to Windows 10.
  3. Transition existing legacy Intune Software Client managed devices to the Microsoft recommended solution to manage Windows 10 using MDM management. Enroll all new Windows 10 PC's using MDM management for Intune in the Azure Portal.
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