Still used by over 40% of us, Windows 7 has been around for 10 years now, an incredibly long time for any operating system. One of the only others to have survived this long was Windows XP, and that was mostly due to the failure of their Vista update. So, it is only expected that support for Windows 7 would inevitably come to an end and users should be prepared for what this means for them.
What does this mean for Window 7 users?
For users, the end of Windows 7 support means that the operating system they are using will no longer receive technical support, software updates or security updates. While you will still be able to use and even install Windows 7, you will be leaving your PC vulnerable to viruses and other security breaches.
Users of Windows 7 will most likely have received a pop-up notification on their desktop that was installed by Microsoft to make them aware of the end of support and also to encourage them to migrate to Windows 10. Indeed, Microsoft ‘strongly recommends that you move to Windows 10 sometime before January 2020 to avoid a situation where you need service or support that is no longer available.’ The IT support team at Town & Country, agrees with this advice. In the modern world, all our sensitive and private data is stored on our computors and loss of such information can result in very severe consequences, especially for businesses.
Those with a Microsoft 365 Business Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 Pro license can upgrade their PC for free. If businesses need more time to migrate to a newer version of Windows past the new year deadline to keep both PCs and data safe, they will be able to purchase extended security updates right up until January 2023.
Worried about how the end of Microsoft’s support for Windows 7 will affect your business? Speak to a member of the expert team at Town & Country by calling 01202 514444 or complete and submit an online contact form.