Microsoft has announced that on January 14, 2020, there will no longer be security updates or technical support for any PC running on Windows 7.

Windows 7 has been one of Microsoft’s most successful operating systems and is now in its last year of support. If your organisation is planning to continue using Windows 7 after January 14, 2020, then it may be time to think again.

Why?

Firstly, if your organisation decides to continue operating with Windows 7 once the support ends, you’ll be open to security risks. While Windows 7 will continue to operate on your PC, Microsoft will stop providing free security and feature updates. Without these installs, any employee using Windows 7 will experience increased chances of security risks, associated viruses and ransomware.

There will be no technical support available to assist anyone who contacts Microsoft with an issue relating to Windows 7. While Windows 7 can still be installed and activated after support ends next January, Microsoft is highly recommending organisations consider upgrading to its Windows 10 operating system.

Support for Internet Explorer will also be discontinued on January 14, 2020. As Internet Explorer is a component of Windows 7, it will follow the same support lifecycle.

What does your organisation need to do?

If you are operating on Windows 7, it will be important to upgrade to a supported operating system such as Windows 10.  This will continue to provide your organisation with the latest security updates, which will be critical to ensure safe data and securities.

Today’s cybersecurity climate can’t be underestimated. Upgrading to Windows 10 will be the simplest and easiest option for any organisation that is continuing to operate on Windows 7. The best way to upgrade to Windows 10 is by purchasing a new device or a full version of the software.

Why Windows 10? 

Microsoft is ending its support for Windows 7 as it has become an aging software, with Windows 10 the newer, more efficient choice. If your organisation is operating a device with Windows 7 it is likely out of warranty and running far slower.

Updating to Windows 10 is an opportunity to replace aging hardware with a newer device that’s faster, has increased efficiency, appropriate security measures and warranty. Purchasing any new PC will include Windows 10 as this is the current and most stable operating system from Microsoft.

Not ready for a change?

For any Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 Enterprise customers in Volume Licensing, Microsoft has confirmed it will sell Windows 7 extended security updates on a per-device basis until 2023.

This price will continue to double each year until 2023. Microsoft has confirmed there will be no volume discounts and there will also not be a minimum number of devices required.