Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 End of Life
Microsoft is ending support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008.
What this means:
After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running Windows 7, or Servers running Windows Server 2008. Once support ends, Microsoft will no longer be creating security patches for either operating systems. While Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 will technically still work, NO new security risks will be protected. This leaves all computers still running Windows 7/Server 2008 open to attack.
Microsoft announces the end-of support and end-of life well ahead of time, so that people will be prepared. However, this means that bad actors (hackers, phishers, etc.) also know well ahead of time. Companies that fail to make the shift to a fully supported operating system will risk losing security features currently protecting systems and data - data that is critical to running their business.
As of April 18th, 2019, anyone running Windows 7 should start to get display alerts about the end-of-life. This is in place to help continuously remind people to upgrade their systems.
End of support means that your Windows 7 or Office 2010 software will no longer receive updates, including security updates. But, there’s good news – Windows 10 is the most secure Windows ever and Office 365 delivers the latest in personal productivity. Together they make a perfect pair to help you do everything you were doing before – safer, faster and easier.
We strongly urge anyone running Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 to upgrade before the end of the year. There may be several months until the official End of Support date, but time moves quickly.
What this means for our clients:
Some hardware may not support the upgrade to Windows 10. We will make our best recommendations to our clients regarding any hardware changes that should be made. We are currently in the process of contacting each individually with those recommendations.
Our goal is to make this transition as smooth as possible, and the sooner it is taken care of, the easier it should be.
For those who are not our clients:
We may still be able to help. We cater to small to medium businesses with under 100 devices. If you are concerned that the End-of-Life for Windows 7 will affect your business, and you would like help, please fill out this form and we will contact you as soon as we can. You can also call us at your convenience.
So, what does this entail?
There are two basic choices for upgrading to Windows 10. You can purchase a new computer, or upgrade to Windows 10 if it is compatible with your current hardware.
Basic Requirements as per Microsoft:
As of April 2019, 33.78% of all PCs running Windows are running Windows 7. As of May 14th, there are 8 months until the end-of-life happens. This is something you need to be prepared for, especially as cyber-security issues get worse every day. Protecting your business and home are of critical importance.
Update: As of November 4th, 26% of all PCs with Windows are running Windows 7. While the difference is significant, it is still important to upgrade as soon as you can for security reasons.