Windows 7 End of Life
All good things must come to an end, even Windows 7.
After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running Windows 7. But you can keep the good times rolling by moving to Windows 10.
Windows 7 was first released in 2009 and has been a much-loved operating system during it’s 10 years of service. The platform has been widely used across many sectors and a wide range of devices including business computing, cash machines, self-checkout, EPOS, and everyday generic computer use.
It’s a shame to see the system go but Microsoft plan their products in a life cycle and the decision has been made to focus efforts on the multiplatform Windows 10 flagship system which will be their only maintained system going forward.
This new version of windows is faster, more secure and compatible with a wider range of devices allowing Microsoft to provide a familiar experience across desktop, laptop, tablet and even mobile phones.
What does this mean for me?
For any Windows 7 devices in use within your business these should be upgraded where possible or replaced. This protects your business with the security updates and support from Microsoft as well as keeping your business complaint with GDPR if you are processing or storing sensitive customer information on the machine.
Under GDPR you must be using a current version of an operating system which is up to date with regular updates from the manufacturer.
Does upgrading cost?
If you have compatible hardware you can simply purchase a replacement windows licence for your device, the licence cost depends on your version of windows starting at £49.00.
Some devices may not be worth upgrading due to age or incompatibility with the demands of the new operating system, so we are recommending customers assess their networks for any remaining Windows 7 machines and plan for upgrade or replacement over the months leading up to the decommissioning of the platform.
We can help with licencing and upgrade advice simply speak with one of our team for further advice, even more information follow the link below to Microsoft’s dedicated windows 7 EOL click here