Windows 7 End of Life, now what?
As of January 14, 2020, the official end of Microsoft’s extended support for Windows 7 has arrived. Many companies learned that their support has recently ended through a notification that was pushed to all computers currently running Windows 7. This has many business owners wondering what this end of support actually means and how it is going to impact business operations. In this article, we will discuss everything that you need to know about Windows 7 support finally coming to an end.
Microsoft has offered over ten years of support for Windows 7, and now that the period of support is finally come to an end, people who are still running Windows 7 can expect a few fairly serious changes. While you can certainly continue to run Windows 7 on your devices, you are opening yourself and your business up to quite a bit of risk. The end of Microsoft’s extended support means Microsoft will no longer offer technical support, IT services, or provide updates for these devices. In order to focus on upcoming systems currently being designed, Microsoft will no longer be an IT provider for users who are working with this system on their devices. This means that you will have to rely on other IT providers for assistance with your devices, but that isn’t even the biggest concern.
If there is one incredibly important change that has arrived now that Windows 7 is no longer supported, it is a lack of updates. While many people are known to lament updates and might consider this to be a bad thing, the truth is that updates are responsible for supporting system compatibility with other systems as they are updated. More importantly, updates are responsible for providing additional support for security risks as new risks become apparent. This means that your devices will no longer receive protection from new security risks as they arrive, so the security of your devices is now officially compromised. For businesses, this can lead to some very big problems.
In order to ensure that your business devices are secure and up to date, the best choice available is to upgrade to Windows 10. For some time now, many companies have pushed this inevitable upgrade off to avoid inconveniencing themselves, but migrating to Windows 10 is actually an incredibly manageable process. You can easily migrate all compatible systems to Windows 10, which will also grant you access to the most up to date technology. To protect your business and system integrity, you should be switching your devices to Windows 10 as soon as possible.
If you are unsure about how to facilitate a system upgrade or migration, don’t worry. At SwayPC, we are happy to assist with any IT services that you might need. We are a computer consulting company that helps companies make changes like this every single day so you don’t have to worry about bringing a new IT provider onto your payroll. Our team at SwayPC is one of the top strategy consulting firms, so give us a call today and let us help bring your systems into the future!