From 14th January 2020, Microsoft will not offer support for Windows 7. We’ll tell you:
- What that means
- What you should do
- Why you need to act now
What it means
If you’re using Windows 7 now and you need help from Microsoft, you can get it. But you won’t be able to get help from them after 14th January. This applies to all versions of Windows 7, such as Pro, Enterprise, Home and Education.
End of support also means you won’t get any security or software updates.
You can still use Windows 7 after 14th January. But it will be more vulnerable to security threats, compatibility issues and productivity issues. Windows 10 will come with updates that can counter the latest bugs.
Microsoft is also ending support for Internet Explorer and encouraging customers to use Microsoft Edge.
What you should do
The best thing you can do is move to Windows 10. As a newer operating system, it’s security features and software will have the latest threat protection. You’ll be protected from recent bugs and glitches.
But if you need to keep Windows 7, you can buy extended support. This is available from 1st December and will cover you up to January 2023. You can use this time to prepare for moving to Windows 10.
Why you need to act now
The cost of not upgrading from Windows 7, or using it without extended support, could be high for your business.
- Without security and software updates, Windows 7 is more likely to suffer from glitches and bugs.
- Cybercriminals will have made a note of the end of support date. They’ll be waiting to pounce on companies who are still using the old system.
- A security breach is bad for your company’s reputation. There are legal and financial consequences for not handling a breach properly.
Advice for moving on
If you’re using Windows 7 and are considering your options, get in touch. We’ve been supporting our customers with Microsoft products for years. We’d be happy to guide you through the actions you can take.