The final year for Windows 7 support is almost upon us. As of January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security patches and updates for this operating system. That means any organization that hasn’t replaced or upgraded their Windows 7 computers to Windows 10 by that date, will be vulnerable to a cyber security attack.
The Supply Problem
Looking at our own client base, we expect a significant demand for new desktops and laptops over the coming year. Extrapolate this to worldwide demand and 2019 should be a busy year for computer sales. Now besides finding the budget to purchase your replacements (especially if you’ve left this to the final year), there’s an even bigger problem ahead. That problem is that Intel is already projecting a significant shortage of their CPU’s over the coming year, even without taking into account the extra demand from Windows 7 computer replacements. Intel’s CPUs are the engine that runs the lion’s share of personal computers.
With the expectation of shortages (which we are already experiencing), pushing up your replacement plans is advisable. Waiting until late in the year could leave you stuck with Windows 7 computers past the support deadline, while you wait for back-ordered computers to be delivered. This is not a situation you want to be caught in. You can be sure that cyber criminals are watching and waiting for the opportunity to take advantage of the vulnerabilities that will inevitably be found, once Windows 7 is no longer supported.
What’s the Risk?
Microsoft releases patches and updates one or more times every month, which can consist of 60 or more individual security updates across Microsoft Windows operating systems and other Microsoft software applications. Security issues are generally “bugs” that could allow malicious activity on your computer without your knowledge. Imagine how many security updates are released in the course of a year!
Other Reasons to Upgrade
Upgrading to Windows 10 will provide other benefits such as new and improved built-in security features and faster performance.
Besides the security aspect, keeping your operating systems current avoids the situation of incompatibility with a new software application. We’ve seen it happen; you discover a new software application (or decide to upgrade an existing one) and are excited about how much better it will be for your business. Then you learn that in order to launch this new solution, you’ll need to invest not only in the new software but also in significant computer replacements, so all will be compatible. Don’t let this happen to you.
If you need assistance planning and implementing your Windows 7 computer replacements, please give us a call.