Windows 7, now more than a decade old, is one of Microsoft’s most loved operating systems to date. Due to its popularity and ease of use, consumers and businesses are still widely using Windows 7. Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that they will be ending support for Windows 7  as well as Windows Server 2008 effective January 14, 2020.

What does this mean for consumers and businesses still using the popular operating system?

After January 14th, Microsoft will no longer be providing software or security updates for the program as well as no longer offering technical support. Microsoft will no longer be patching any security holes or fixing any bugs or issues that arise in the operating system. Before you panic, you aren’t going to wake up on January 14th and not be able to turn your machines on!  Machines running on Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 will continue to start and to run. However, users may experience issues associated with security and performance.

Continuing to run machines on Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 can open your personal data and your business up to some serious risk. The lack of security updates opens your organization up to new threats as they emerge. Windows will no longer release patches to prevent new viruses or security issues from affecting your organization.

 

If you haven’t already, now is the time to start planning to make the switch to Windows 10 & Windows Server 2019. While many PCs can be updated to Windows 10, many times it is advantageous to purchase new equipment to ensure that Windows runs smoothly. To discuss your solution options, give us a call today. We’d love the opportunity to help you find a resolution that works best for your organization!

Read more from Microsoft: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/windows/end-of-windows-7-support