Unlucky Number 7 – Windows 7 end of support.

The number 7 has many lucky and unlucky connotations in cultures around the world.  From a Microsoft point of view it has been a very lucky number.  Released in 2009 it has now enjoyed 10 years of service during which most of the world’s population has had experience using it.  Just like it’s predecessor (Windows XP), Windows 7 has found in place in the hearts of  business users who needed a fast and reliable operating system that was easily patched for security and upgrades and a decade later there are still those who have it as their preferred OS.  The release of a new operating system is usually met by a mix of excitement and trepidation.  Excitement from the parts of the community crying out for change and trepidation from users who like what they already have and worry what compatibility issues might be raised due to an upgrade.  This has been the case from Windows NT, 98, XP, Vista etc and there can be a certain amount of hesitation to adopt a new OS until good reports have been heard from all business sectors.

Microsoft originally planned to cease Windows 7 support in January 2015, but at the time were asked to extend the deadline by 5 years which means that support ends on 14th January 2020.  What does that mean for you the loyal Windows 7 user?  Basically it means that from 14th Jan 2020 there will be no more security patches or update releases for Windows 7.  It also means there will be no more support for the OS so if you had an issue with your operating system MS would not provide any assistance to repair.  Not having regular updates to your operating system can leave it vulnerable to malware attacks and in this age of GDPR it falls to companies to ensure that they have taken all possible steps to ensure that their environments are secure against these types of attack which could lead to a data breach.  This alone should be enough to convince users to upgrade their infrastructure.

Windows 10 has been in general use since July 2015 and has proven itself more than up to the challenge of being a worthy successor to Windows 7.  For those of you still hesitant due to 3rd party software you may have or that it looks so different to the previous versions of Windows don’t be alarmed.  Here at Leaf we can work with your 3rd party vendors to ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible and we can also spend time getting users up to speed on how to use the new layout.

With only 4 months to go until the deadline, now really is the time to start the process of upgrading.  We can work with you to audit your existing hardware, checking the specification of your machines to determine the most cost effective path to upgrade.  This may be a license with a windows upgrade on your current hardware or a new machine I your existing hardware is not capable of running Windows 10.

Life is a game of chance and 7 can be lucky, but deferring your move to Windows 10 may just be a gamble too far.

Please get in touch with our team who will be more than happy to assist with your windows 7 upgrade queries.

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