January 2020 is only 4 months away and alongside heralding the start of a new year, it is also the month that Microsoft will end support for Windows 7. As of the 14th January 2020, free security updates will no longer be provided.
Released in October 2009, Windows 7 proved to be a very popular operating system and it is estimated that over 40% of small to medium-sized businesses are still running Windows 7, despite a campaign by Microsoft to get users upgraded to Windows 10.
Is your business still using Windows 7?
So, what does this mean for Windows 7 users in January 2020? Any device running Windows 7 will continue to work but without the Microsoft software and security updates will become vulnerable to security risks, hackers and viruses.
There are many benefits of upgrading, with Windows 10 offering massive improvements over its predecessors in terms of security, speed, interface, compatibility, and software tools.
Sadly the period for free upgrades to Windows 10 has passed but this should not be a reason not to upgrade. You can easily purchase a full version of the software to update your existing device providing it meets the requirements needed to run the operating system. In some cases, you may need to make a financial investment in new equipment however the future cybersecurity risk and the associated costs of sticking with Windows 7 may be substantially higher than the cost of upgrading. Is that a chance you want to take with your business?
We are currently working with our clients to ensure that their systems are upgraded or replaced in readiness for January 2020. Can we help you?
Get in touch to discuss the best way forward and costs involved for your business to ensure you stay safe and compliant! Call 01189 870 070 or email us here.