Windows 7 is one of the most successful operating systems developed by Microsoft. Through its many years, millions of organisations have adopted this operating system. However, with Windows 7’s end of support quickly approaching, many businesses are now reviewing Microsoft’s other operating systems in an effort to move and upgrade.
January 14th, 2020 will see the end of support for Windows 7. This means that Microsft will no longer support Windows 7 security updates, bug fixes, and other support, thus implementing its end of life. Until this time, you can continue to use the operating system’s extended support as Microsoft phases this system out. At the moment, you can still access paid support for the operating system, however, Microsoft has terminated all free updates that come with the Windows 7 product license.
Windows 7 Support
Just like many of Microsoft’s products, Windows 7 came with a predetermined support timeline (it is always good to know this when investing in an operating system). On January 13th, 2015, Microsoft stopped developing mainstream support. This means that bug fixes and security updates for the operating system are no longer available.
However, Microsoft will continue to provide some security patches through the extended support phase. This extended support period will end on January 14th, 2020. After this, security updates will end for Windows 7. You can still continue to use Windows 7 after its end of support, however, users should be aware that using an outdated operating system can leave your computer vulnerable to cyber-attacks. For example, many businesses that continued to use Windows XP after its lifecycle ended suffered serious cyber-attacks from hackers. It is very probable that hackers are already working on ways that they can exploit the vulnerabilities that will be created when Microsoft ends their extended support period for Windows 7.
Why is this happening?
Microsoft has a policy that stipulates how the life of a product starts and ends. Generally, the life of a Microsoft product begins when it is released into the market and ends when the company stops providing support. This also allows Microsoft to focus on their latest operating systems. Microsoft has already begun blocking updates through some machines, so it may be necessary to start preparing for the eventuality that you may not be able to get any new updates.
What does this mean for you?
The end of support for Windows 7 means that you will be using the product at your own risk, as Microsoft will no longer take responsibility for data losses due to security breaches on Windows 7 devices. New malware is being developed daily and it is essential for all users to understand that Windows 7 could become more vulnerable to threats. Without regular patching and security updates, you could be at the mercy of hackers. Many businesses do not want to take the risk of losing essential data due to a cyber breach.
Now that you are aware that when Windows 7’s lifecycle ends, it will become vulnerable to cyber-attacks. You must now ask yourself if you’re ready to move to the more modern Windows 10 operating system. Windows 10 receives regular patches and updates to ensure your data remains secure. It is also compatible with most devices, however, Microsoft does have a wide variety of help and support documents on their website in case you encounter any issues.
It is best for businesses to upgrade with the help of an IT Solutions Company. This will ensure that all systems are upgraded correctly and that all firewalls and antivirus are working appropriately. Businesses may encounter problems depending on their hardware and software and may need to take specific steps to ensure full compatibility.
Although businesses may be resistant to change, it is essential that you update your operating systems to allow your business and team to prosper. Each year, Microsoft adds new features to Windows operating systems to make them easier to use. Once you and your team know how to use all of these features, you can collaborate on producing better documents, spreadsheets, PowerPoint displays, etc.
To learn more about the Windows 7 end of support and to plan your systems upgrades, email firstname.lastname@example.org.