January 14 2020 marked the end of support for Windows 7. This means Microsoft will no longer provides security updates, fixes, or technical assistance, leaving your PC at greater risk from viruses and ransomware. If you haven’t already started moving your business systems to Windows 10, you need to make the move – sooner rather than later.
Why did Microsoft end support for Windows 7?
As with all operating systems, it isn’t viable to keep old software patched and updated, especially when there are newer versions out there. Microsoft offers a minimum of 10 years support for its operating systems, and since Windows 7 was launched in 2009, this version has now reached the end of its life cycle.
What are the differences between Windows 10 and Windows 7?
Not only does Windows 10 include advanced user features – with new ones frequently added, it offers a suite of built-in security tools. It has been designed to work on all your devices and runs much faster than Windows 7. Check out our article on the many features now available in Windows 10.
What are the risks if I don’t upgrade?
- No support from Microsoft
- Easy target for hackers as they can reverse-engineer security updates to identify vulnerabilities
- If you visit a website that delivers malware, the data on the computer could be harmed
- Office products including the Office 365 suite will no longer be supported on Windows 7
- The age of your computers may already be causing productivity and morale issues in your workplace
- TechPath’s ability to support your systems may be affected
What other Microsoft products have recently reached end of life?
- SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2
- Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2
- Exchange Server 2010
If you are still using any of these products, you need to consider upgrading as soon as possible. Contact the TechPath team to find out the best way to do this for your business.
What do I need to do now?
No one can force you to upgrade, however, keeping your business secure is key. Windows 10 is much faster and has several built-in security tools that will protect you from online threats. Taking this into account along with the large list of productivity features you will gain, means making the switch can reap many benefits for your business.