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Windows 7 – End of Life

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Microsoft made a commitment to provide 10 years of product support for Windows 7 when it was released in October 2009. However, this 10-year period is soon to end and Microsoft will discontinue Windows 7 support on January 14, 2020. After that, technical assistance and software updates from Windows, that help protect your PC, will no longer be available for the product.

If you continue to use Windows 7 after support has ended, your PC will still work but it will become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses, essentially because you will no longer receive software and security updates which are critical to it’s secure functionality. What’s really worth considering, is if people continue to use Windows 7 beyond the End-of-Life date, this could incentivise malicious users to target viruses and malware at Windows 7.

So, if you’re a business owner that has not yet transitioned to the new Windows 10 solution, we urge you to deploy the upgrade as soon as possible! We recommend you implement the full Microsoft 365 package and combine Office 365, Windows 10 and Microsoft Security, so you have a fully comprehensive business solution. However, if you’re looking for an alternative to this, you have a few options…

Upgrade your business devices to Windows 10.

The Upgrade process is really quite simple, but if you have limited resources internally, it can be time consuming. You’ll also need to consider device memory or hard drive upgrades before you go ahead with the transition. With older devices, Windows 10 might not be compatible, so make sure you have everything you need before you make the purchase!

Opt for Windows 7 extended support from a Microsoft Partner.

At Stripe OLT we offer this service for around £50 per user, per machine – We’ll provide the Windows updates you’ll need to keep your system functional and secure. However, if you’re going to spend the money investing on extended support through a Partner, we recommend you weigh up the alternative costs to just upgrade. You’ll have a new, slick working solution that will also improve the online security of your business, and of course if you need support implementing this, we can certainly help with this too.

Do nothing.

We probably don’t need to tell you this option is risky… In the current cyber climate attacks are not something to ignore! According to Insurer Hiscox, The number of firms reporting cyber incidents rose from 45% in 2018 to 61% in 2019, and it’s not just critical business data you may lose, it’s business reputation you’re risking. Your customers need to know that their data and money is safe, something you cannot guarantee if you’re using outdated and unprotected business systems…

If, like many SME business owners, you are looking at the above and feel like you need guidance regarding the new Windows 10 solution, why not consider bringing in a Microsoft Partner to implement this for you. We’ve already carried out the transition for many of our existing clients and will be more than happy to provide our knowledge and expertise for you! To find out more, get in touch here.

 

 

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