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Goodbye Windows 7

Still using Windows 7?

On 14 January 2020, Microsoft will be withdrawing all support for this operating system!

With the launch of Windows 10 in 2015, it’s out with the old and in with the new.

But what does that mean for your business?

Research from content delivery firm Kollective, reported in CRN, show that 43% of enterprises in the US and UK are still using the out of date operating system.

We sat down with one of our very own Techies, Mark, to talk all things Windows 7 …

 

How will the withdrawal of support, effect current users of Windows 7?

“In terms of how the system works, users will not see any immediate changes. However, the withdrawal of support, means that any new issues will not be fixed by Microsoft and companies still relying on Windows 7 risk leaving their systems open to cyber-attack.”

Making the transition from Windows 7 to Windows 10? What are the options?

“There are two main options available, when updating operating systems.  Here at Freestyle IT we can manage this for your company and make the process as painless as possible.

 Option 1 – look at the age and specification of your machines, to see if an upgrade to Windows 10 is possible – this will also depend on your software requirements.  You will need to ensure that your internal software applications, will work on the latest version of Windows.

Option 2 – refresh the workstations with new equipment, which will also provide Windows 10 and hardware warranties – again software requirements, will need to be checked.” 

If a company fails to update and move on from Windows 7, what are the consequences?

“The main risk of taking no immediate action is the security threat. By not updating from Windows 7, machines are extremely vulnerable to security risks and malware attacks. Hackers often take advantage of this vulnerability to get into IT systems, which can leave businesses open to attack.”

 

Freestyle IT, partner with Microsoft, to deliver our customers the best IT Support.  We offer a Free Network Audit, which is a good starting point.Microsoft Logo

 

Get in touch today to talk about your IT refresh.

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