By now you should have heard the message. Windows is cutting off support for its widely popular version 7 software. January 14, 2020 was the official mark to Windows 7 End of Life. Many companies have used Windows 7 since it launched in 2009 and are still actively using it today. So, what’s the big deal? Can you just stick with Windows 7 or will your computer self-destruct? IT IS A BIG DEAL! IT services from Exoweb are designed to be at a level of protection for you and Windows 7 no longer meets that level.
The good news is that your computers will work just fine after the End of Life date. However, just because your computer will function doesn’t mean it’s wise to hold onto outdated software. The largest concern for Windows 7 users is security. Since updates and support will no longer be available, your device will be extremely vulnerable to cyber threats. In fact, this is a bit of a hacker’s dream. They are standing by, knowing people will neglect to update their operating system.
Windows 7 has passed its ‘extended support’ phase that began in 2015! Microsoft ended mainstream support including new features and warranty claims. Yet, throughout this time, Windows has kept virus patches and security bug fixes up to date. With End of Life, that will go away. IT and security experts alike strongly suggest migrating your operating system to something current before the Windows EOL date. Theoretically, you could pay for Windows 7 extended support on each individual device, but the costs will build up faster than simply migrating. Not only that, but specific security and bug fixes will also be more expensive and charged on an individual basis.
Currently, the best option is to migrate your systems to Windows 10 Professional. BUT – It’s important to begin working with Exoweb on this migration as soon as possible. We will take a look at the devices you are using, determine how many are utilizing Windows 7, and ensure your hardware isn’t out of date. Not all computers will be able to handle a new operating system, which could make a migration take much longer, more difficult, and costlier as you upgrade hardware. Exoweb will provide a recommended path for an upgrade with a clear budget and timeline for completion.
It takes time to plan your transition properly. Talk to us if you need additional help or options. Most of all though, get moving now. EOL is here.