On the 14th of January, 2020, Windows 7 will no longer be supported by Microsoft and suffer the same fate Windows XP and Vista did before it. No more security patches, software vendors will no longer support their applications on it and anti-virus and security products will stop being written for it. Development will stop (as it already has for some companies) and if you continue to use Windows 7 after Jan 2020, you will have productivity, compatibility and security issues.
Windows 7 was released on the 22nd of July, 2009, meaning it will be eleven and a half years old by that date. Windows XP was supported for twelve and a half years, so Microsoft are remaining consistent with their support cycles.
What does this mean for you?
- Microsoft will stop all support for these systems, and this means they will no longer issue patches and updates for these machines. This leaves you open to security vulnerabilities.
- Many other software vendors align their support and integration to the Windows lifecycle, which means systems such as bookkeeping software, security software and other business essential tools will no longer be supported.
Why should I upgrade?
- Performance and degradation issues – many of the machines running Windows 7 are approximately 5+ years old which means they are also out of warranty. This also impacts staff productivity, especially if an older machine fails
- New mandatory data breach laws mean that being at a higher risk of security vulnerabilities, leaving you exposed to fines and possible negative publicity.
- Windows 10 was built for the Cloud, and with integration through Office 365, OneDrive and the move to MS Teams from Skype – there is a much better seamless flow of data across your systems.
What are the next steps?
There are a number of options available to you in terms of deploying and upgrading your fleet. Contact the team via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 1300 138 761