Everything has a life cycle – trees do, pets do, and even cars do. The Windows Operating System you are using on your computers is no different. The Windows life cycle starts when it is released through mainstream support to a little past what is called extended support, that carries us through to “end of life”. Most of these cycles last anywhere from five to ten years, depending on how popular the product is.
Mainstream Support happens while the product is being actively developed. The updates at this time make the product more secure and adds new features over the first 2 to 4 years of the operating system.
Extended Support means that Microsoft is no longer actively developing the product, but still gives us security updates keeping the product secure and safe to use. Extended support can last any where from 3 to 5 years beyond “Mainstream Support”.
Are you ready for the next Microsoft end of life?
In January 2015 Windows 7 went into extended support. Now five years later, in January 2020 Microsoft will be ending all support for this extremely popular Operating System. What this means for you is it is time to upgrade, as your Windows 7 systems will no longer be secure from the daily threats today’s work place faces from the internet. Continuing work with an Operating System that has reached end of life can leave you vulnerable to viruses, hacking and malware. This can lead to computer downtime and money lost for your company.
What can you do?
With a year left of Windows 7 Expended Support it is time to plan and take action to keep your business safe.
—Identify and consider replacing legacy systems using older operating systems and/or software with updated technology
—Develop a timeline and budget for upgrades and replacements while there is still time.
—Implement security controls to separate critical systems from Windows 7 machines that cannot be upgraded or removed
—Plan for employee training to learn the new system
Microsoft may be quoted as saying, “To take advantage of the latest hardware capabilities, we recommend moving to a new PC with Windows 10.” We here at DME understand not every small business can afford such an expenditure, and are here to help your small business make the upgrade of your systems as smooth as possible! Give us a call at (402)650-8407 today to see how we can guide you through this “End of life” for Windows 7, and keep your company running smoothly.Posted on