When you get used to using popular software, such as Windows 7, it can be hard to make the effort to change and upgrade, but sometimes events dictate action. Across the board, software providers and major companies are continually updating the products and services that they supply, rendering older models or products obsolete and time pushes on. Such a situation is getting closer, and most IT professionals are advising users to replace Windows 7 by the end of this year.
The reason is that Microsoft will stop its support for this particular version in January 2020, which means that any vulnerabilities users may face will go unchecked and hackers will be able to target Windows 7 machines more easily.
Windows 7 ‘end of life’
Released on 22 October 2009, Windows 7 became one of Microsoft’s best-received products. More than 40% of PCs are still running the software, and users are familiar with the UI and the experience it offers, which is modelled on legacy windows going back much further. Indeed, the accessibility and ergonomic design of Windows 7 among the main reasons why many users have simply continued to utilise this particular model.
In 2009, Microsoft committed to extending support for the product until 14 January 2020. As this has included security updates as well as technical help, it has meant that Windows 7 has remained a safe and secure option for businesses and personal users. But, once further updates stop, the system will be vulnerable to new forms of attack from hackers, with little or no defence against them.
Mainstream support from Microsoft for Windows 7 ended in January 2015, but the discontinuation of all forms of extended support means that the much-loved software has finally reached its end of life (EOL). Mainstream support periods from Microsoft typically end five years after the release date of a product, extended support then runs until EOL when security updates finally end.
If you think it will be expensive and time-consuming to upgrade, you need to weigh the slight inconvenience against the dangers of hacks and security breaches. The way that threats evolve, in particular viruses and malware, means that Microsoft continuously monitors the situation and takes action with patches and safety update releases. When this ends for Windows 7, businesses that choose to take no action will expose themselves to cyber-attacks.
Once you are aware of a danger, you must take action to protect your business. That’s where we can help, as we specialise in having a pro-active and responsive support system for our customers. Why not get in touch today and find out how easy it will be to ensure your desktops function effectively and continue to offer all the safety and security you need? Contact GCC for further details today.