January 14th 2020 marks the official end–of–life date for Windows 7. According to a recent report, at least 43% of businesses are still using the ‘soon to be dead’ Operating System.
With the end-of-life date around the corner, does this mean anything to business owners and should you as a business owner or Windows 7 user be concerned about this?
What is “end of life”?
“End of life” simply means that a system, whether it be hardware, software or similar, is no longer deemed useful by the creator to continue updating and supporting. This means that Microsoft will no longer support Windows 7.
How does this affect my business?
After Windows 7 “end of life,” feel free to continue using the OS, but at your own risk.
New viruses, malware, ransomwares, etc., are developed daily. Without security updates from Microsoft or 3rd party Anti-Virus companies, your data and your systems are left vulnerable.
How can I protect my business?
The easy answer, upgrade to Windows 10. The difficult answer, this is always dependent on the business requirements.
Time is running out. We advise speaking with your IT department and creating a rollout plan to upgrade your environment as necessary. Ready to upgrade? Why not talk to one of our support staff? Head to our contact us page and we will be in touch shortly.
For more information on Windows 7 End of Life cycle: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/13853/windows-lifecycle-fact-sheet