Microsoft will terminate support for Windows 7 on 14th January 2020.
Windows 7 is currently in a phase Microsoft describes as "extended support" but by 14th January 2020 all support ends and no further security updates will be issued.
In the absence of clarity only confusion prevails and so we at PFH have implemented a pro-active strategy of engaging with our customer base to ensure their migration from Windows 7 to Windows 10 happens without any disruption to their IT continuity.
In this blog we want to offer some useful information regarding what it means when Microsoft end support for one of their operating systems.
What is end of life?
All products go through life cycles, especially those that can be enhanced through ever improving technology. As a previously loved (or hated) solution is retired, a new (and hopefully) improved version is released into the world. In the case of Windows 7, when the “end of life” date finally arrives after many, many, many reminders, businesses will still be able to use Windows 7 but Microsoft will no longer offer support and will stop issuing security updates.
Why does it matter?
World Wide there are still more than 500million devices running Windows 7.
Microsoft will stop issuing all security updates for Windows 7 in January 2010 which means devices that continue to run on the operating system will become vulnerable to attack by Hackers, especially hackers who have identified vulnerabilities that have not been addressed.
Businesses are at real risk if they have not considered a security policy to cover Windows 7 becoming end-of-life.
Microsoft have clarified that users can continue to use Windows 7, but once support ends, devices will become vulnerable to security breaches. Microsoft Windows7 will continue to operate, but security and feature updates will cease.
Microsoft will not assume responsibility for any security breaches that occur after 14th January 2020.
Not only do businesses risk being hacked – they also risk a big fine for not being GDPR compliant. Using an operating system that is no longer receiving security updates puts personal and critical data at risk.
Although businesses will still be able to use Windows 7 after the end date, the lack of support and end of security options suggests it's not a good idea to continue with the OS.
If you are concerned about Windows 7 end of life, then why not reach out to one of our Microsoft experts? Request a Consultation here.