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As a reminder: 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.
Despite the imminent threat of an operating system that is no longer supported, many businesses still have Windows 7 devices. According to a new study by Kapersky, 47% of businesses, including small and medium sized businesses, still use Windows 7.
The Windows Breakdown
Understandably, Windows 7 is an incredibly popular operating system. Compared to its predecessor Windows Vista and the next version, Windows 8, it has held onto many of its users do to its functionality and its ease of use.
But keep in mind Windows 7 came out on July 22nd, 2009. It is now over ten years old! With all of Windows 10’s new features, better security, and frequent updates, businesses are at serious risk using Windows 7.
Windows Version usage statistics from Kaspersky
“Nonetheless, an old unpatched OS is a cybersecurity risk and the cost of an incident may be substantially higher than the cost of upgrading. This is why we recommend that customers migrate to supported versions and ensure that additional security tools are in place during the transition period.”
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.