In January 2020, Windows 7 will reach the end of its life cycle, leaving anyone still using Windows 7 at risk of slow, unproductive machines and the potential for viruses.
Back in January 2015 Microsoft stopped providing mainstream support for their Operating System, Windows 7, this pushed the operating system into extended support.
January 14th 2020, is the date that Microsoft will no longer provide any form of support and the operating system will officially reach the end of its life.
What does this mean?
When an operating system is fully supported users will receive new updates, new features and patches to provide extra protection against known virus threats.
When an operating system goes into extended support, Microsoft will cease to provide any complimentary support and will stop providing updates for design changes and features.
Security updates will remain in place until the operating system reaches the end of extended support – which for Windows 7 is due to happen in January 2020.
Once this date passes, anyone that’s still using Windows 7 will leave themselves and their business exposed to a significant risk of machine downtime and a high vulnerability to virus infiltration. This will be a concern for anyone using Windows 7, but should be taken seriously for anyone using Windows 7 on a network, as this machine could prove to be the weakest link, acting like an open door to your business and its data.
What can you do to prepare for the change?
There are many options that are available to you when you are considering how to manage the end of life of Windows 7.
Each companies circumstances are different, and should be individually assessed.
For some of you its a simple upgrade, for others it could involve a workstation replacement, everyone’s circumstances are different.
Contact us to discuss your situation and we will be happy to offer our advice.