What does Windows 7 End of Support mean for my business?

Windows 7 End of Support means that Microsoft will no longer provide free patches for Windows 7 Operating System. Windows 7 will still function, but it won’t receive important security patches, meaning you’ll be vulnerable to cyberattacks.

There will also be increased incompatibility issues between your Windows 7 operating system and your software (Microsoft and third party) simply because software won’t be built for the outdated operating system.

What are my options?

On the 14th January 2020 Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7. You will need to take action in some form before then. Here are the ways you can do this....

Update your hardware

Laptops and desktops generally come with a preinstalled OS. This means the chances are if you’re using Windows 7, you’re using an old machine that will, over the next year, slow down and fail. If this is the case, we’d recommend upgrading your PCs which will come with Windows 10 as standard.

Upgrade to Microsoft 365

If you’re already using Office 365 and need to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10, then you should consider upgrading to Microsoft 365 Business. This includes Windows 10, your Office 365 subscription plus the Enterprise Mobility and Security Suite (EM+S).

In addition to the upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10, you’ll also benefit from a comprehensive set of security tools that will enable security to be maintained across all your devices without being intrusive. It’s the complete package to tackle Windows 7 EOL, whilst enabling productivity and maintaining complete security.

Extended Security Updates

Windows 7 Extended Security Updates will allow you to receive further security patches. This is paid for on an annual basis per calendar year.

Unless you have a business critical application that isn't yet compatible with Windows 10 we wouldn't recommend this option. Prices for extended support will increase year on year until 2023 when the service will stop. So unless it's absolutely necessary, you're just delaying the inevitable.

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Available Options

1 – Update your hardware
2 – Upgrade to Microsoft 365
3 – Buy further time (Extended security updates)

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