Microsoft announced earlier this year they will be ending support and software updates for Windows 7 operating system on January 14, 2020. Any machine still using the system past that date will be vulnerable to security risks. Approximately 43% of Windows users are still running Windows 7 so this change will impact an enormous number of businesses and users. Because of the early end of life date in 2020, upgrades and replacements should be planned, budgeted and installed well before the end of this year.
The End of Security Updates
Mainstream support of Windows 7 ended in 2015, but the end of extended support in 2020 means essential security updates will no longer occur. For small to mid-sized businesses, these security updates are essential to keeping information safe and restricting fraudulent activity. Hackers are likely to focus attention on users still running Windows 7 beyond the expiration date.
In addition to providing heightened security, these system updates are also essential for productivity. Operating system updates are typically installed automatically as they become available, but the end of updates means bugs will no longer be fixed and patches will no longer be available. Additionally, new software is likely to be incompatible with this older version of Windows, potentially forcing employees to use old or out-of-date applications that may expose a business to additional security and productivity risks.
Upgrading to Windows 10
Upgrading company computers to Windows 10 is the best method for ensuring the security of machines, and the time to upgrade is sooner rather than later. Migrating from Windows 7 to 10 will require careful planning that considers cost, time and security. Assessing your company’s current infrastructure may be a useful first step in identifying vulnerabilities.
If you have questions or need more information about how the Windows 7 end will impact your business, contact Roebuck Technologies today. We have helped clients navigate similar migrations and stand ready to help your business thrive in today’s challenging cybersecurity environment.