Windows 7: The Final YearTravis N.
If your business is operating on Windows 7, it’s your final year of support. On January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide any security updates for Windows 7. That is, unless you pay Microsoft for three additional years of support – and only if you have Windows 7 Professional and Enterprise. This puts many businesses at risk.
Importance of upgrading
Running an OS without support doesn’t appear to have too many risks. However, there are several huge risks that put your business at risk. If Microsoft discovers a security flaw, there is no guarantee it will be patched. An unpatched system is extremely dangerous to run. In fact, if this system processes payment information or health information, it will cause you to no longer be PCI or HIPAA compliant.
These systems become easy targets for hackers who manage to get into your network. They can even become easy targets if an employee brings in an infected machine or plugs in an infected flash drive. When you are on the latest version of Windows, you ensure that you will always have the latest security patches available – ensuring continued support.
Discontinued LOB support
As an older OS ages, critical line of business (LOB) applications will lose support. Such applications are Microsoft Office, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, as well as specialized software for your business. When your LOB applications lose support, they can also prevent you from receiving new features, cost savings, technical support, and security patching.
Migration made easy
We know first hand how difficult it can be to upgrade. Our professional services can make your move to Windows 10 easy and seamless. We make sure that all your computers are compatible. We’ll automate much of the workload. We even provide training to your end users on the new experience. If you need assistance migrating away from Windows 7 this year, contact us for a free estimate.