End of Life for Windows 7 took place on 14th January 2020, so let’s outline what this means for your business. In a nutshell, Microsoft will no longer be supporting this product and will no longer be offering security updates or patches for this old operating system.
If you’ve already upgraded to Windows 10, then you’ve nothing to worry about. However if you’re still using Windows 7, read on.
Firstly, lets clarify; your operating system will still work so there is no need to panic. However using an old, unsupported system, does put you at greater risk of security attacks, hacking and malware. In fact the UK’s national Cyber Security Centre is advising users to upgrade to the latest version of Windows (Currently Windows 10) to avoid unnecessary security risks and to ensure your networks and devices stay safe. Remember, Windows 10 isn’t the only option out there though, so if you’ve ever fancied trying out Linux or the macOS machine, maybe now is the time to review your systems and evaluate all your options.
Whatever you decide there will of course be a cost involved, but using obsolete platforms greatly increases your business’s vulnerability. The financial implications a cyber-attack could cause to your business and reputation, would certainly outweigh any software investments you need to make. Plus, using old operating systems also means you’re not benefiting from the latest tools and features that more up to date systems have to offer, which might put you at a disadvantage from a competitive perspective too.
If moving away from Windows 7 wasn’t yet on your priority list, make sure it is now. Speak to one of our experts today to explore your options, simply call us on 01392 207 194 or email us.
P.S Windows 7 launched in 2009, over a decade ago, in fact it launched at the same time as the iPhone 3, which might give you a bit of an idea of how outdated the technology will be!
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