On January 14th 2020, Microsoft’s extended support of Windows 7 will officially end. The end of extended support means that Microsoft will no longer provide free security updates, leaving your network vulnerable to malware and ransomware attacks.
Do you have devices still running Windows 7? Here are your options.
Upgrading to Windows 10
The most straightforward option to protect your business is to upgrade all of your Windows 7 devices to Windows 10. Microsoft is working hard to placate consumers fears of upgrading their devices by providing Desktop App Assure. This program is designed to ensure compatibility with as many programs as possible.
“So far, out of 41,000 applications within their estates, customers have come to us to evaluate 7,000 applications for potential compatibility concerns. However, when the Desktop App Assure team dug into it, they found that only 49 apps required assistance.“
For compatibility with current hardware and software, upgrading to Windows 10 is a huge benefit for your business.
Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESUs)
On a per device basis, Microsoft will sell ESUs to business customers. This service is designed for organizations who are having difficulty upgrading to Windows 10 and need more time to migrate.
The price of ESUs will continue to increase until January 2023, when this program will end as well.
Making the Move
So whether you’re ready to move now, or if you need to pay for Extended Security Updates, at some point you’re going to need to upgrade your devices to Windows 10. Here’s a few things to keep in mind:
- Hardware Check – Windows 10 brings many new features and functionality that your existing devices may not be able to handle.
- IT Infrastructure Assessment – If you’re still working with Windows 7, there’s a good chance your network is full of legacy hardware.
- Legacy Program Evaluation – Depending on the software your company is using, there is always a risk that it won’t work the same once you upgrade.
- Incremental Migration – Upgrade to Windows 10 at a pace tailored to your business.
Need help migrating your devices? NetConnect can help!
Contact Us today to start a conversation on how to prepare your business for the end of Windows 7 support.