Microsoft has officially announced the “End of Life” date for Windows 7 & Server 2008 R2. It will come on January 14, 2020. Windows 7 was introduced in 2009 and is one of the most popular versions of Windows. It is estimated that around 40% of Windows OS is 7. So, if you are one of the Windows 7 users, read this blog to understand how this end of life announcement impacts you and what you should be doing.
End of life means, beyond January 2020, users of Windows 7 will not get any updates, security patches, or any kind of support from Microsoft. Does this mean you need to scrap all your devices that run on the Windows 7 OS? Technically, the answer is no. You can still continue to use your existing computer with Windows 7 OS, but it won’t get the free security patches and updates. This makes your computer and possibly your whole IT network vulnerable to malware and other IT security threats. Plus, as a business, running Windows 7 OS without the security patches and updates is not really an option as it creates liabilities in the event of data theft. Also, you may be inadvertently violating regulations by using an OS that’s officially declared vulnerable to security threats. In short, running Windows 7 without support is not really an option for businesses.
This is such a serious threat that all companies housing financial and medical information are being required by law to upgrade any and all computer systems running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 because firewalls and anti-virus software will NOT be sufficient to completely protect them (or you).
Unless you don’t care about cyber criminals running rampant in your network, you need to upgrade or replace any servers or workstations running these operating systems. And while January 14, 2020, may seem like a ways off today, updating an IT infrastructure is a large task that takes considerable time. It’s important you take action NOW before it’s too late.
So, what should you be doing today? Contact your current IT vendor or give us a call at 203-440-4413 or email email@example.com to discuss an IT plan to upgrade or replace your computers or servers.