Does my Geelong business have to upgrade from Windows 7?
The definitive answer is YES. Stop running Windows 7 and upgrade.
Windows 7 was released back in 2009 at the same time that Windows Server 2008 was released. It essentially was released to get on top of many issues with Windows Vista which had not been received well for a variety of reasons. The release of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 was welcomed with open arms and generally considered a very successful improvement from Windows Vista.
When does Windows 7 stop working?
Windows 7 won’t stop working, it will continue to work however on the 14th January 2020 Windows 7 will reach its end of life phase (EOL). This essentially means Microsoft will no longer continue supporting Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008
- no paid support
- No updates
- No (security) patches
- No security Updates
If you continue to use either Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 , you are leaving yourself and or your business wide open to exploitation. If new vulnerabilities are exposed your computers and or network can be exposed. The simple fact that Microsoft have been so vocal in declaring the EOL means hackers will be lining up to find those running these week and vulnerable systems and machines. Don’t leave your front door unlocked and wide open for Cyber criminals to walk right on in.
- Your system will become vulnerable to hackers
- Your business may be exploited as an attack vector against a larger businesses (this is not good)
If you continue using Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 you can purchase what is known as an ESU or Extended Security Update. This has a scaled cost and increases incrementally year on year. There may be a legitimate reason due to applications you may be running to maintain Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008, however the reality is that this will only apply in a very small percentage of business and maintaining Windows 7 and or Windows Server 2008 is not a long term option.
If you are a local Geelong based business or operate within the Bellarine or the Surf Coast you really need to give us a call.
- If you haven’t already contact an IT professional (This is very serious and needs to be addressed)
- Replace outdated hardware
- Migrate existing devices to Windows 10. Update your software as an urgent priority
Evongo also offer Geelong businesses reliable and advanced IT support.
If you have any concerns or need more information call us now.