Is Your Business Prepared for Windows 7 End of Life?
When Microsoft retires a windows operating system product, they generally release an end of life date. For Windows 7, that date is Jaunary 14th, 2020. But, what does end of life mean?
When a Microsoft Windows product reaches end of life, it means that Microsoft will not be releasing any more bug fixes, security patches, or new functionality. The lack of these updates to the core operating software has serious security implications and makes any user siginificantly more succeptible to malware attacks. Just like when Windows XP went end of life years ago, Microsoft will continue to offer support for Windows 7 users, but it will quickly become cost prohibitive, and we recommend that businesses and home users alike upgrade their systems before January 14th, 2020.
If you choose to continue to use Windows 7 after the end of life date, it will continue to work normally, but you are taking a big risk.
Preparing for Windows 7 End of Life
We recommend auditing your systems and network, and establishing a replacement cycle for your machines that fits your budget – and we suggest a 3-5 year replacement cycle for your machines going forward, especially if your business depends on them.
Assessing the severity of the security threat
We have seen security threads coming from outdated systems, ones that are not patched for vulnerabilities, and more. The longer your company waits to update their systems, the bigger the risk grows of infections that can potentially cost your business thousands.
Are You Prepared for Windows 7 EoL? We can help.