Windows 7 is going end of life at the end of 2019, which is 11 years after its release in 2009. This will mean no more security patches, you will be vulnerable to bugs and 3rd party software and hardware providers will stop supporting Windows 7.
Businesses are unprepared for the 'death' of Windows 7 claims report.
The report by Kollective found that 43 per cent of businesses are still running on Windows 7, with the operating system entering its last 12 months of support
The report also found that 17 per cent of businesses were not aware of the end of support for Windows 7 and that 33 per cent of large businesses with over 100k terminals are still running Windows XP.
Also revealed was that 24 per cent of businesses leave it up to their employees to install major updates while 6 per cent of companies are not planning to migrate away from Windows 7. This presents a serious security concern as Microsoft will no longer issue security patches to its older operating systems once it officially ends support.
Businesses are already struggling to protect themselves from today's growing cyber threats and by using outdated software, they will inevitably make this challenge even more difficult.
With the introduction of Windows 10, however, Microsoft adopted a new policy for the sustainability of their products. This model is known as Windows as a Service (WaaS) and incorporates continuous updates and support for current product offerings, like Windows 10.
This is good news for business. From this point forward, businesses using Windows 10 will remain up-to-date with the latest fixes and updates. They won’t need to upgrade to a new operating system, and they won’t need to agonize over which one will be the least troublesome to implement. Windows as a Service (WaaS) assures a smooth transition between iterations of a single operating system. Windows 10 may look completely different ten years from now, but incremental updates will happen behind the scenes without a major upheaval to business systems.
If you would like to discuss options and how to prepare for this, please do get in touch.