January 14, 2020 – the date your organisation needs to know if you’re still operating with Windows 7.
Windows 7 has been one of Microsoft’s most successful operating systems and is now in its last year of support. Microsoft has announced that on January 14, 2020 there will no longer be security updates or technical support for any PC running on Windows 7. If your organisation is planning to continue using Windows 7 after this date, then it may be time to think again.
Well firstly, if your organisation decides to continue operating with Windows 7 once the support ends, you’ll be open to security risks. While Windows 7 will continue to operate on your PC, Microsoft will stop providing free security and feature updates. Without these installs any employee using Windows 7 will experience increased chances of security risks, associated viruses and ransomware.
There will be no technical support available to assist anyone who contacts Microsoft with an issue relating to Windows 7 after January 14, 2020. While Windows 7 can still be installed and activated after support ends next January, Microsoft is highly recommending organisations consider upgrading to a Windows 10 operating system.
Support for Internet Explorer will also be discontinued on January 14, 2020. As Internet Explorer is a component of Windows 7, it will follow the same support lifecycle.
What Your Organisation Needs to Do?
If you are operating on Windows 7, it will be important to upgrade to a supported operating system such as Windows 10, that will continue to provide your organisation with the latest security updates. This will be critical to ensure any data and/or security remains safe.
Today’s cybersecurity climate can’t be underestimated. Upgrading to Windows 10 will be the simplest and easiest option for any organisation that is continuing to operate on Windows 7. The best way to upgrade to Windows 10 is by purchasing a new device or as a full version of the software.
Why Windows 10?
Microsoft is ending its support for Windows 7 as it has become an aging software, with Windows 10 the newer, more efficient choice. If your organisation is operating a device with Windows 7 it is likely out of warranty and running far slower.
Updating to Windows 10 is an opportunity to replace aging hardware with a newer device that’s faster, has increased efficiency, appropriate security measures and warranty. Purchasing any new PC will include Windows 10 as this is the current, stable operating system from Microsoft.
Not Ready For Change?
For any Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 Enterprise customers in Volume Licensing, Microsoft has confirmed it will sell Windows 7 extended security updates on a per-device basis until 2023.
This price will continue to double each year until 2023. Microsoft has confirmed there will be no volume discounts and there will also not be a minimum number of devices required.
If your organisation is operating on Windows 7 and wants to better understand its options with Windows 10 going forward post January 2020, learn more now.