The end is near for Windows 7

The end date for extended support of Windows 7 is now only a year away – 365 days to be precise, but who’s counting?!

On January 14, 2020 Microsoft will officially end its support of the operating system and will no longer provide updates that ensure continued user security. This means the developer will no longer fix flaws and bugs – you can still use the product, but at your own risk.

With cybersecurity an ongoing issue for businesses, this looming deadline means companies will need to implement a solution that allow its business operations to continue functioning securely.

While it may seem like there’s still a way to go until the deadline arrives, proactive planning is the key to success, as a new strategy could take months to implement.

Popularity within the workplace

Although Windows 7 was made generally available to the public in 2009, 40% of people still use the system compared with 37% who have already made the transition to the newest Windows 10 version. For some businesses, this may be a decision based on cost, while others may feel less inclined to change something that already works well.

Regardless of what the reasons may be, the clock is ticking for companies to find a suitable alternative that doesn’t disrupt business productivity – but what could the future look like for those looking to make a change?

An opportunity for change

One of the most important things to remember is that the end of extended support should not be seen as an obstacle, instead it provides an opportunity for businesses to upgrade their existing systems.

It should come as no surprise to learn that the commitment you show to investing in technology can have a direct impact on the success of your company, as refreshing outdated systems will allow in-house operations to continue running smoothly, improving the overall productivity of your team.

As your business begins its transition, it’s crucial that you first assess all possible options and explore the proposed benefits of each. You may find that the changes will not have the financial impact you first feared and that upgrading is more cost effective in the long-term.

In some cases, adopting Windows 10 can be as simple as upgrading an existing Windows 7 computer based on your Microsoft licensing agreement, while others may find it necessary to deliver a complete device refresh due to hard drive space, system resources or physical capabilities.

Starting the process early will also give your business enough time to train team members, whatever the decision is.

Windows 10 – a policy for the future

In the past, product lifecycles have lasted anywhere between five and ten years, consisting of two service periods: mainstream support and extended support. The end of life date is the point at which no further support will be extended.

With the introduction of Windows 10, Microsoft introduced a new policy for the sustainability of their products, a model known as Windows as a Service (WaaS), which incorporates continuous updates and support for current product offerings.

This is positive news for those looking to invest in Windows 10, as they will remain up-to-date with the latest fixes and updates, without having to upgrade to a new operating system. Although Windows 10 may change over the years, all updates will occur seamlessly behind the scenes, limiting downtime or disruption.

Prioritise positive change…

However your organisation decides to proceed, it’s crucial that steps are taken sooner rather than later to address the changes. Although it may not seem like a top priority right now, implementing a strategy is not something that should be treated as a quick fix – it can take months of planning to find a suitable solution and train your people.

If you think your business could benefit from support during the transition process, contact Quiss Technology for help identifying and implementing an effective strategy.

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