Microsoft has announced that they will stop supporting Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 operating systems on January 14, 2020. After this deadline, technical assistance and software updates that help protect your PC will no longer be available for these products.
What does this mean for you as a business and what is the risk?
The biggest issue with continuing to use Windows 7 and/or Window Server 2008 is that it puts your computers at significant risk. These products will no longer receive updates from Microsoft for any new viruses or security threats once the End of Life (EOL) deadline hits, which leaves you extremely vulnerable to any emerging threats.
What’s more, it is safe to assume that cyber criminals are also well aware of the impending End of Life date and will be ready to use this knowledge to their advantage. If a large number of people continue to use these products despite the discontinued software support from Microsoft, it could actually encourage malicious users to target viruses and other nasties at Windows 7.
Accordingly, third party software companies will stop supporting Windows 7 as it will be an out of date operating system.
What to do next?
If you currently use either Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008, you need to be thinking about how to transition to a supported operating system. Contact your IT provider now! They should have contacted you about this already but if they haven’t then make it a priority to discuss options for upgrading.
If you currently don’t have any IT support or your current IT company is not providing you with satisfactory assistance, we are here to help. If you need any advice about your current system, we would be more than happy to provide your office with an obligation free systems assessment.
January 2020 is not far away; considering the security implications of continuing to use an unsupported operating system, it is crucial that you start thinking about budgets and the time it will take to upgrade!
How can we help?
HSM IT Solutions is a market leader in providing small and medium-sized businesses with IT solutions that are of real value. We provide your office with a single point of contact for all your IT requirements and deliver a prompt response, every time you need us, all for a fixed monthly fee. Whether it is resolving a simple computer issue, deploying a new workstation or monitoring your systems for hidden problems, we’re here for you. We function as your internal IT department, providing unlimited support to all your staff.
Contact our friendly team today for an obligation free systems assessment.