Windows 7 extended support goes end of life on 14th January 2020

Well, as the old saying goes “all good things must come to an end”, and that my friends, is the precisely the case with Windows 7 as Microsoft stops their extended on 14th January 2020 (insert Crying Emoji followed by Violin Emoji).

Windows 7 has been Microsoft’s most popular Windows desktop operating systems, until Windows 10 finally hit the 50% milestone in May this year and saw Windows 7 fall to 40.1%.*

With only 7 months to go until Microsoft stop supporting Windows 7, now is the time to make the shift to newer, more powerful devices. Just as Princess Elsa famously proclaimed in Disney’s Frozen; Windows 7 users are just going to have to “Let it Go”.

Increased Security Risks for Windows 7 Users

Computers using Windows 7 will be more vulnerable to security risks and viruses due to the lack of security updates. Microsoft strongly recommend for users to upgrade to Windows 10 to ensure every computer is on the most secure platform.

With Microsoft’s updates and security patches gone, your system would become an easy target to the new computer viruses and malware being created. This isn’t just speculation, guys. Just a quick Google search will show you a number of articles on how old technology leaves the door open to cyber attackers.

Seemingly, Microsoft still need to convince frugal business owners to upgrade to Windows 10, despite mainstream support for the operating system ending in January 2015. Of course, this isn’t a massive surprise to Microsoft, since they faced a similar challenge to move businesses from Windows XP to Windows 7.**

MFG’s Approach to Windows 7 EOL

Well that’s pretty simple really. MFG are in the process of updating all of our client’s systems to Windows 10 as an essential update to avoid a situation where client’s need service or support that is no longer available.

Taking one step further in always looking to future proof client’s technology, MFG have been migrating an increasing number of clients to Office 365 and away from legacy Hosted Exchange platforms. You can learn more about Office 365 here.

So, don’t be left behind as Windows 7 goes end of life. If your current IT provider hasn’t offered an alternative after January 2020, then get in touch with MFG and we would be happy to guide you on a path to fully supported operated systems, together with pro-active IT support.

Sources

* www.computerworld.com

** www.theverge.com