If you’re running Windows 7 on your company’s computers, a date you should be aware of is fast approaching. Microsoft has announced it will “retire” Windows 7 in January of 2020. That’s only slightly more than two years away.
Windows operates on 90% of the world’s computers, and W7 is currently being detected by various surveys on 48% of those machines. After Microsoft moves seven from active to retired status, they’re not going to be offering much in the way of updates or service.
If you haven’t upgraded to Windows 10 yet, now is the time to begin planning. While W7 may operate for years without a problem, any newly discovered vulernabilities or developed exploits will not be fixed or countered by Microsoft after the cutoff date. Your computers and servers could be at risk, and your company’s data exposed.
Waiting until the last minute to update your servers and workstations could be problematic. You don’t want to be fighting the crowd for your IT provider’s attention. (You do have an expert IT service, right? IT services provided by Central Point Networks allows you to focus on your business, not on updates, patches, virus protection, and data storage needs.)
It may seem like “planned obsolescense” is the modus operandi when it comes to computers and the operating systems that run them, but the technology is developing at such a pace today that we can only hang on and do our best to keep up. The capabilities the new systems offer, and the efficiencies they provide businesses both large and small, make upgrading on a regular basis the wisest and most profitable decision to make.
If you’re using Windows 7 on your computers, contact the folks at Central Point Networks to discuss the best way to bring your business or personal devices up to state-of-the-art standards. Don’t leave it to the last minute, and risk exposure to attacks by those exploiting Microsoft’s ending of support. As one of Arnold’s movie characters might say, “DO IT! DO IT NOW!” (you totally thought that in Schwarzenegger’s voice, didn’t you?)