The end of Windows 7
Almost 10 years ago today, Microsoft released Windows 7—an operating system that was well-received and considered a worthy follow up to Windows XP (most users skipped the much-maligned Windows Vista that came in between). Over 70% of businesses today still have Windows 7 in production.
In January 2020, the end of Windows 7 will officially come, at which point it will be considered a dead and unsupported product. This also applies to several other popular products of the same lineage—Office 2010, Server 2008 and Exchange 2010.
What are the implications?
Although your Windows 7 computer will still turn on and be fully-functional after the official last day of support, the computer will no longer receive security updates. For context, Windows 7 currently receives an average of 20-30 security updates and patches per month which tackle new exploits and security issues that are discovered.
As time goes on, your Windows 7 will become less and less secure as these known issues are no longer remedied.
Organizations subject to security regulations like PCI or HIPPA will immediately be out of compliance with these unsupported systems.
What should I do?
Microsoft began giving away free upgrades to Windows 10 in 2018 and adoption of the Operating System is at an all time high, with the total number of computers running Windows 10 exceeding that of Windows 7. Any modern computer purchased within the last 3 years comes with Windows 10 by default, ensuring an organic transition to the new Operating System by most individuals and organizations.
In most cases this is a good time to upgrade or replace older computers that came with Windows 7 installed. In our experience Windows 10 compliments modern day hardware including the move to faster Solid-State hard drives versus older, slower mechanical drives (with spinning parts inside of them).
Accurate understands the impact of IT changes for its customers and will begin working with anyone still utilizing Windows 7 to develop a customized roadmap and plan to complete the upgrade to Windows 10. We will also confirm compatibility with all your existing software and evaluate the need for user-training to ensure a seamless transition to the world of Windows 10.
What should I know about Windows 10?
The first important thing to note is that Microsoft has publicly stated that “Windows 10 will be the last Windows released”. What they mean by this is they will treat Windows 10 more like a service and release ongoing features and enhancements for it in an iterative manner versus saving these for major released every 6-10 years.
Windows 10 is a platform for all devices and can transform itself from a familiar mouse-and-keyboard type layout like Windows 7 to a blocky-tablet mode designed for touch with the click of a button. It is also designed from the ground up to play nicely with the Office 365 ecosystem.
OneDrive, Teams and modern Office all integrate harmoniously within Windows including Cortana search, Windows dictation functions and even the Start menu.
Businesses and consumers agree Windows 10 is an excellent platform and adoption has been high and it has been installed on over 800 million computers across the world.
If you are currently a client of Accurate Network Services Inc., we are already working on a plan to gracefully segue to Windows 10 and we will be in touch with you shortly (if not already). If you have any questions or concerns about the impending end of life of Windows 7 or wish to prioritize the conversation around implications and upgrades please do not hesitate to reach out.
If you are not currently a client but would like more information or a second opinion about your upgrade path, we would be happy to hear from you as well.