Since 1999 Apple have had 10 different operating system (OS) versions and 19 different iPhones. Compared to Microsoft’s one major OS upgrade, Windows 10, many will feel that their Windows 7 operating system has delivered extremely good value and underpinned their business.
All good things must come to an end.
Unfortunately, on the 7th January 2020 Microsoft are withdrawing Windows 7 support. So, what does this mean for your business? There will be no more technical support, should a fault occur Microsoft will not offer patches or repairs. You may also notice that software suppliers will stop including compatibility for Windows 7 in their updates. These may be inconvenient, but there is a bigger issue. Security.
Each month Microsoft issue a security update and where specific issues have been identified, emergency releases have been made available. That’s over 125 updates since its launch! This will partially be due to the growth of cybercrime, which has grown exponentially over the past 10 years. We believe that it will be a matter of when, not if, a security issue will occur after Microsoft withdraw support for Windows 7. This will leave your business vulnerable to cyber threats and ransomware.
It’s time to embrace Windows 10
Microsoft launched Windows 10 in 2015 after the not so successful Windows 8 OS iteration. The good news is that Windows 10 is seen as a superior and more robust solution offering strong inbuilt security against ransomware and malware and has been built to embrace the multi device environment, offering easy IT management and cloud integration.
To discuss how the retirement of Windows 7 will affect your business and how Windows 10 can help you build your cloud infrastructure, call Rainbow for a free audit of your IT infrastructure.