Windows 7 end-of-life mainstream support came to a halt on January 13, 2015. However, there is a much more critical date on the horizon for all Microsoft Windows 7 users.
On January 14, 2020, Microsoft will end all support for Windows 7. It may seem like 2020 is still a way’s away, but updating an IT infrastructure can be a lengthy and laborious task. If you are still using Windows 7, the time to start planning is now!
How does this affect my operating system?
End-of-life support refers to the date when Microsoft no longer provides automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance. Without these patches and updates, your operating system is left vulnerable and open to security issues. Vulnerabilities in the operating system that are discovered after January 14, 2020 will not be fixed by Microsoft.
Not only will Microsoft not fix vulnerabilities, but after January 14, Microsoft will not offer any type of support for the Windows 7 system at all. It won’t be long before your system could be specifically targeted and exploited. This may cause security and compliance issues and could expose customers’ applications and businesses to serious security risks.
What can I do?
First, a plan must be made for you and your operating system. An upgrade to a new operating system will likely requires a new PC or Laptop and possibly new software.
Contact Craig Burke at Entre Technology Services to schedule an appointment to discuss a plan to migrate away from your existing Microsoft Windows 7 PC environment and to a reliable and safe operating system.