04/03/19

Windows 7 is reaching the end of it’s (supported) life

We are now less than one year away from Microsoft ending its Extended Support for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008/R2 and Exchange Server 2010, and any business still using the outdated systems after the January 14, 2020 deadline faces a greater risk from attack.

The 10-year-old Windows 7 is still in use by more than 40% of businesses across the world with many believing the upgrade too expensive, computer hardware and other equipment would not be compatible or it is simply considered to be too time consuming a project.

But it is vitally important for businesses to realise just how vulnerable they will be if they are still using a system that isn’t safe after the deadline and anyone with doubts or questions about potential problems should get in touch with their IT provider without delay.

Basically, anyone using the system after the end-of-life deadline will be on their own as Microsoft will no longer be supporting, monitoring or updating these systems which heightens security risks with users more open to attack and increased dangers of exploitation.

Computers will still function after the deadline but you’re taking a real chance. The thing to consider is, being unprotected and using any of the three systems could well have severe consequences.

When Microsoft pulled the plug on their Windows XP five years ago it is believed to have affected some 40% of computers worldwide – that’s an estimated 400 million computers, so you can see the sort of scale we are talking about and just how vulnerable you can be.

It is recommended to go for an upgrade to Windows 10, the latest available from Microsoft, because it’s the most advanced. Upgrading clearly takes time, money and planning but it is essential to think about it now if you haven’t already done so because the alternative could well be too dire to contemplate.

For further information, telephone our team on 01743 290588 or 01952 684030, or email katy@pcnetsolutions.co.uk