If you are a Windows 7 user, be advised that on January 14, 2020, Microsoft will end support of the popular operating system. In fact, Microsoft is ending support for quite a few of their platforms, including Small Business Server 2011, Windows 2008 R2, Exchange 2010, SQL Server 2008 R2, Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 and Office 2010. That means that, although your computer will still operate like normal, there won’t be any security patches, updates, new features or product support available from Microsoft for these operating systems.
What Does This Mean?
What does this mean for you? With Windows 7 still being used by an estimated 30% of desktops and laptops across the world, it could mean a lot and it could have a significant effect on your business. If your small to medium or enterprise level business uses the Windows 7 operating system, you will want to upgrade as soon as possible to avoid a wide range of usability issues.
From slowdowns and compliance issues, to malware, viruses and ransomware vulnerabilities and more, your business could become the target of cybercriminals which can lead to the loss of data, privacy concerns and more.
What Should You Do?
There are many options available to you and, depending on the number of systems you have running Windows 7, it could be expensive. You could purchase Windows 10 operating systems for all of your computers and laptops, but you will need to ensure that these devices can handle the new operating system. Some computers and laptops aren’t capable of using Windows 10 without some upgrades. Another option is to purchase new computer systems that already have Windows 10 installed. However, this can become very expensive depending on your business’ needs.
You could also go the open source route and use another operating system such as Linux. While free, your staff will need to learn how to use this OS and that could take some time.
Whatever you decide, consulting with an experienced IT firm can ensure that your business runs smoothly after January 14, 2020 and that your computer systems are safe and secure.
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To learn more about the Windows 7 End of Support and what your business can do to avoid system slowdowns or security issues contact Digital Orchard IT today.
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