Farewell to Windows 7
Windows 7, our favourite operating system since Windows XP is due for retirement in less than a year. The most successful operating system ever launched has already reached Microsoft’s ‘end of mainstream support’. With a staggering 630 million licenses sold by 2012 (ref: Wikipedia), on the 14th of January 2020 it will be classified as ‘end of extended support’ with no future updates or Microsoft support available.
But what does that mean to your business?
It’s all about security and keeping your data safe.
- After January the 14th 2020, Microsoft will STOP releasing those important monthly security updates and bug fixes
- The risk of viruses aimed at Windows 7 vulnerabilities will increase substantially
- Running Windows 7 could put your business in breach of the GDPR regulations and go against the current Government advice
What are your options?
- Just keep using Windows 7
This is an option that some businesses will choose to take (based on information after Windows XP was retired). But the longer you run Windows 7 after the 14th of January 2020, the higher the risk of data loss or disruption to your business (this is a GDPR and security nightmare!).
- Plan an upgrade to Windows 10
This would be our recommendation. Windows 10 is the current version of the desktop operating system and has proved to be very popular with users. Yes, the interface has moved on since Windows 7, but it’s not too dissimilar, it still have the cherished ‘Windows Start Button’ and supports an array of hardware and software with much improved plug and play functionality (i.e. It just works!).
What to do next?
Start the process of understanding your options and get in touch with us here or give us a call on 01943 666 711.