Microsoft announced some time ago that Windows 7 support would expire on January 14, 2020. While that deadline may have seemed far off at the time, the clock is ticking louder with only 18 months to go.
Judging by what we see with our clients, there are a significant number of Windows 7 computers still in operation. If you haven’t begun already, now is the time to implement your replacement schedule. Any that are not old enough to warrant replacement between now and the end of 2019 (we recommend a maximum 5-year lifespan), can be upgraded to Windows 10, though there will be an upgrade license to purchase and someone who knows what they’re doing needs to perform the upgrade. Beginning your replacement schedule now will avoid a significant capital cost at the end of 2019.
Of course, any new computers you are purchasing at this point should have Windows 10 operating systems. If you are still purchasing Windows 7 because you don’t like change, or because you are running some old software application that isn’t compatible with Windows 10, it’s time to deal with both.
What’s the risk if I keep Windows 7?
The end of Windows 7 support means that Microsoft will no longer release security patches and updates. These patches and updates can be released one or more times every month and 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!
Another reason to move to Windows 10 is that it includes a number of new and improved security features.
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.
BSC manages security patches and updates for Microsoft as well as many third-party applications for our clients. If you are in need of such a service or could use assistance managing your Windows 7 replacements, please give us a call.