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Windows 7 End-of-Support
Windows 7 was one of Microsoft’s most popular operating systems and many of us are still depending on it on a daily basis – with over 40% of the world’s computers still using this system. A significant challenge lies ahead for businesses throughout Scotland as Microsoft's extended support will end on 14 January 2020, in effect making Windows 7 an obsolete system. Businesses can often be slow to upgrade to a new system – the demands on both time and money can make this a daunting task, particularly for SMEs. Often businesses are running legacy systems which depend on the old OS, in addition the system change may reveal a need for new hardware and also create a training need for employees. These factors often combine to create a burden on the resources of a SME.
Microsoft have recently announced that they will offer paid Windows 7 Extended Security Updates through January 2023. These updates will be sold on a per-device basis and the price will increase each year - so only really an option for those with deep pockets and not a solution for a typical SME.
Not acting, however, is not an option – unsupported software will leave your business vulnerable to cyber security risks as Microsoft will no longer patch security flaws on this system. For many businesses, inaction on this issue will mean they are no longer meeting compliance standards of regulatory bodies or accreditations they hold, including Cyber Essentials and ISO 27001.
How can you prepare?
We are currently supporting all of our IT Support customers across Glasgow and Edinburgh to prepare for the Windows 7 upgrade.
A smooth transition requires does take time and planning and requires you to:
- Audit your system to locate machines which need to be updated
- Identify legacy systems which are dependent on the older OS
- Prepare a budget forecast and timeline for replacements
- Complete an analysis and plan for any machines which cannot be upgraded
- Create a staff training program
RedMosquito will support our IT Support and IT security customers through this process, helping navigate the many pitfalls which lie ahead. We can manage all aspects of this project for our IT Support customers from a system audit through to procurement, installation and training. With Windows Server 2008 also reaching an end-of-support state in January 2020, we advise you act now to ensure a seamless transition.
To talk to one of our technical consultants about completing an initial audit of your systems, please contact us today.
RedMosquito provide IT Support and IT Security Services to SMEs across Glasgow, Edinburgh and throughout central Scotland.