As of 14th January 2020, Microsoft will no longer offer support for customers using devices which have their Windows 7 operating system installed. From this date, Microsoft will also stop releasing security updates, which means these devices will become vulnerable to security risks and viruses. We strongly recommend removing all your Windows 7 devices before January 2020.
Here’s the official statement from Microsoft;
“Microsoft made a commitment to provide ten years of product support for Windows 7 when it was released on October 22, 2009. When this 10-year period ends, Microsoft will discontinue Windows 7 support so that they can focus our investment on supporting newer technologies and great new experiences. The specific end of support day for Windows 7 will be January 14, 2020. After that, technical assistance and automatic updates that help protect your PC will no longer be made available for the product. 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.”
What are my options?
If your devices were purchased in the last few years, they may have come with a Windows 10 licence included at the time. We can check this for you using the manufacturer’s serial number of the device. If the licence was included, we’re able to upgrade this device for you.
If your device didn’t include a Windows 10 licence at the time of purchase, you could still purchase a one-off licence from Microsoft. Using this licence, we can then upgrade this device for you.
If your devices are due to be replaced soon or are older than 3-5 years, it may be a good time to start thinking of replacing them with new. New devices will come with a Windows 10 licence included, which will be more cost-effective long term than upgrading.
What are the next steps?
We are currently meeting with all our clients to review a list of devices within your business, and to identify which of the above categories they fall into. We will then work with you to schedule a plan and budget to mitigate the security risk of having Windows 7 devices on your network after January 2020.
If you would like us to arrange a meeting with you, please let us know.