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Windows 7 End of Life: Everything You Need to Know

Is your business prepared for Windows 7 End of Life? Microsoft’s support for Windows 7 ends on January 14, 2020, meaning no more bug fixes and new features but, most importantly, no more security patches. Business using Windows 7 will find themselves at significant risk to malware attacks going forward unless they pay high fees to Microsoft for extended support.

While Windows 7 won’t suddenly stop working when it reaches End of Life in January, it’s the best possible time for your business to move on from the almost decade old operating system. An outdated operating system will leave your business in a dangerous predicament, as cybercriminals will begin to exploit loopholes that Microsoft won’t be fixing.

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Windows 7 End of Life: How many businesses use Windows 7?

Windows 7 was released 10 years ago and was superseded by Windows 8 7 years ago. Windows 8 has since been supplanted by Windows 10, so it’s fair to say that Windows 7 is an outdated operating system at this stage. However, a surprising number of businesses still use Windows 7. Data shows that 70% of businesses worldwide still use Windows 7, but the product reaching end of life means it’s time to move on.

The security threat alone is reason enough to upgrade to Windows 10. However, there are a host of other benefits to upgrading to Microsoft’s latest operating system.

Windows 7 End of Life: Why upgrade to Windows 10?

If you are still using Windows 7, there has never been a better time to upgrade to Microsoft’s latest and greatest operating system.

Here is a small selection of reasons to upgrade your business computers to Windows 10.

Increased ransomware protection

Computers running old operating systems such as Windows 7 are significantly more vulnerable to malware and ransomware attacks. Windows 10 has several security features built in to fight off cyberattacks. The current operating system is far more advanced than Windows 7, and Windows 10 is constantly upgraded as new security threats arise. As Windows 7 won’t get security patches anymore, as threats arise your business will have no defence.

Enhanced performance

Windows 10 is the second operating system to be released since Windows 7, and over time Microsoft have enhanced the core of their OS to make it better than ever. Windows 10 comes with a massive number of enrichments when compared with its previous operating systems, but it also provides a faster and smoother experience than ever before. While Windows 10 cannot be described as streamlined, performance on hardware new and old is dramatically improved.

Cortana

If you use any virtual assistant in your everyday life, such as Siri or Alexa, you’ll know how handy it is to be able to communicate with your technology. Cortana enables you to create reminders, easily search your files and perform calculations with voice commands. You can also do things such as shut down your computer or open up work with your voice. Cortana isn’t available on Windows 7, so you’ll have to upgrade to Windows 10 to make the most of Microsoft’s valuable virtual assistant.

Improved default browser

Microsoft Edge is the latest default browser on Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system. Microsoft Edge is a significantly more capable web browser than the several iterations of Internet Explorer, offering greater compatibility and greater speeds when browsing the internet. Edge also includes useful features such as Cortana-enabled page lookup and webpage markup. While Chrome is used on approximately 70% of desktop PCs, Edge is a viable option that consumes fewer resources and has similar capabilities.

Future-proof operating system

In the past, Microsoft have released new operating systems every 3 to 5 years. Windows 10 was released in 2015, so you might be wondering whether a new operating system will be released in the coming years. However, Windows 10 is completely future proof, as Microsoft will not release another operating system. Windows 10 is Microsoft’s attempt at ‘Windows-as-a-service’. Essentially, this means that Microsoft will continually update and change Windows 10 without releasing a completely new operating system.

Once you upgrade to Windows 10, you won’t have to buy a new licence in a year or two for the latest operating system. Instead, Windows 10 will be updated over time as Microsoft continue to enhance the greatest operating system ever created.

Windows 7 End of Life: Upgrade now

Microsoft’s support of Windows 7 is ending in a little under 2 months at the time of writing. If you haven’t upgraded to Windows 10 yet, you will soon be using an unsecure operating system. With a growing number of cyber threats, a secure operating system is an absolute must. That’s why you need to upgrade to Windows 10, the securest operating system ever created by Microsoft.

If you want help finding out which operating system is on your device, please contact us today. We can advise you on the operating system on your PC and help you to upgrade before Windows 7’s end of life in January.

Upgrade to Windows 10 Today

Upgrade to Windows 10 today to keep your computers secure when your current operating system reaches end of life.

Did you know that you don’t have to pay the full cost of upgrading to Windows 10 in one go? Your business can pay for Windows 10 over a period of time and receive all future updates as part of your subscription.

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