After 10 years, very popular Windows 7 operating system going ‘end of life’.
What does this really mean and how does it affect you and your business?
Since launch, Microsoft have gone on to release Windows 8 and Windows 10, in 2012 and 2015.
Windows 7 is now in its final months of extended support, which will come to an end on 14th January 2020.
Research published by CRN UK found that 43% of businesses in the UK and US were still running Windows 7.
What does going ‘end of life’ mean?
“End-of-life” (EOL) is a term used with respect to a product supplied to customers, indicating that the product is in the end of its useful life (from the vendor’s point of view), and a vendor stops marketing, selling, or rework sustaining it
. As of January 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates, bug fixes or any support, for its Windows 7 operating system.
Why is this happening?
Microsoft have released two newer versions of their operating system since Windows 7 came out. They have to stop putting investment into old products in the interest of promoting sales of their new ones(s). In technological terms, 10 years is a very long time, hardware has improved dramatically, software has greater requirements and user expectation has changed. Therefore Microsoft must build in lifecycles for their products to warn users when it’s time to move on.
Can I still use Windows 7?
The short answer is yes. But…
Should I still use Windows 7?
This is a far better question. Whilst you absolutely can continue to use Windows 7, you need to think, whether or not you should. We would strongly encourage you against this (same as any other valued IT company).
The WannaCry ransomware attack in 2017 that hit the NHS and over 200,000 computers worldwide, started with out of date software
, with total damages ranging from hundreds of millions to billions of dollars.
Next year there will be no more updates coming to need to stay on top of. Attackers will have free rein to trawl the system looking for holes to pick at in the knowledge that no one is going to come along with a patch to hinder their exploits. This leaves your network and your data incredibly vulnerable.
What can I do to prepare?
Look into Windows 10 – the latest operating system. Windows 10 is described as ‘the last version of Windows ever’, and from now on will be ‘as a service’. Instead of big releases there will be regular improvements and updates downloaded from the cloud.
If you need to do an enterprise upgrade for multiple users, you’re probably best off enlisting the help of an IT solutions provider. New operating systems can throw up compatibility issues with existing software and devices, so having a professional to help can save a lot of wasted hours.
Docex360 is experienced in migrating businesses and schools onto the latest Windows operating system. We ensure a smooth transition and delivering the benefits of the latest Microsoft products. Every year, new features are added to Windows, making it easier for users and better for business.
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