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What to do if you’re still using Windows 7

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windows 7 end of lifeA decade after its release, Windows 7 will soon no longer be supported. End of life is set for 14th January 2020, after which Microsoft will no longer issue any updates. Despite this looming date, Windows 7 is still in use on 36% of PCs. This means that end of support will affect many users who will inevitably need to upgrade and move away from their trusted operating system.

Windows 7 is not the only product approaching end of life. Microsoft has announced important end dates for several popular products, as outlined in the list below. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know.

When is it happening?

January 2020. With less than 6 months to go, you need to start planning and budgeting for changes required now.

Why is it important?

From January 2020, Windows 7 will no longer be supported. This means that Microsoft will not provide security patch updates. Any machines still running this operating system will be vulnerable to hackers and potential security breaches. Not only is this against cyber security best practice, it could also result in a data breach leading to GDPR non-compliance and a hefty fine.

The dangers of running unsupported software include:

  • Security concerns: businesses are more vulnerable to security breaches
  • Compatibility issues: businesses are more likely to experience software incompatibilities which mean they are unable to upgrade to the latest products
  • Data compliance: businesses are at greater risk of data breaches and face potentially hefty fines, particularly in regulated industries
  • Performance issues: business will experience higher operating costs with poorer performance and reliability

Upgrade to Windows 10

Upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 should be considered an opportunity. Businesses will benefit from better performance, a greater range of features and access to supporting software like Office 365 and Windows server 2016. In contrast. businesses still using Windows 7 risk being left behind. Consequently, moving to Windows 10 should be considered a good thing rather than a chore.

In order to ensure a smooth upgrade, give yourself plenty of time to plan and review your whole IT set up, rather than having to rush it through at the last minute.

Other important products and dates to be aware of:

In addition to Windows 7, the following products have imminent end of life dates:

  • SQL Server 2008 R2 – July 2019
  • Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 – January 2020
  • Windows Small Business Server 2011 – January 2020
  • Exchange Server 2010 – January 2020
  • Office 2010 – October 2020
  • Windows 7 – January 2020

In summary, businesses need to be aware of important end dates to avoid the risks associated with running unsupported software. We strongly recommend getting in touch to discuss your upgrade options and to ensure your systems remain protected.

 


 

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