Microsoft Windows 7 End of Life - Upgrade Your IT with Solutions from Onward Technologies
This year Windows 7 officially turns seven, and as we all know, a lot has changed in the tech world since 2009. However, in spite of Microsoft’s insistence that users upgrade to Windows 10, Windows 7 remains the most popular operating system for businesses.
What if I want to stick with Windows 7?
Whether you’re avoiding the hassle of upgrading or simply don’t like Windows 10, there are some things you should know if you’re going to keep using Windows 7. Primarily, you need to know how long Microsoft will be offering support, so here’s a quick overview:
Mainstream support for Windows 7 ended on January 13, 2015. This means that no new Service Packs are coming for Windows 7, and no new features will be added to the operating system. However, it does not mean that Microsoft is no longer patching the operating system.
Extended support is still ongoing until January 14, 2020. That’s the date Microsoft will stop issuing new security updates for Windows 7.
Therefore, it’s technically safe to continue using Windows 7 until 2020—as long as you install all updates. From that point forward, zero-day vulnerabilities (i.e. unknown holes in the software that are exploited by hackers before the vendor can fix it) will not be patched; meaning potential attackers can easily compromise the system using a variety of proven exploits. Your computer will continue to work, but you will be more open to attackers and cybercriminals.
That being said, if you want to ensure your data and user identities are secure, upgrading immediately is the smartest move for your business. Furthermore, now that mainstream support for Windows 7 has ended, software and applications developed after January 2015 will be designed to function on Windows 10; making Windows 7 obsolete. At Onward Technologies, we provide comprehensive IT services to small and medium-sized businesses in the Chicago area and we can be of great benefit for situations like the one Windows 7 users are faced with currently. As much as we try to avoid change, Windows 10 is the future, and therefore we must adapt. Onward Technologies is here to help.
How can Onward Technologies help my business upgrade?
Windows 7, reliable as it is, now has seven years of exposure to just about any type of virus, worm, or Trojan horse created by hackers. You can help start the process of upgrading your business' workstations by calling Onward Technologies and using our consultants to find the most dynamic and cost-effective solution. With an upgraded OS, your company can experience superior online security and advanced software integration than with antiquated capabilities of Windows 7. For organizations that are seeking to upgrade more than just a couple machines with a newer OS, Onward Technologies can present you with the kind of value that only a true IT support team can provide.
Upgrading a perfectly functional computer may be a hindrance to day-to-day business and deemed a needless cost to incur, consider how Onward Technologies can provide answers for all of your company's IT questions and guarantee a smooth OS upgrade. Our complete array of managed IT services can complement your business' operations to expand profitability and promote efficiency.
What approach does Onward Technologies take when upgrading a business OS?
We will first determine which workstations can be formatted and used with the new software. Then,
working with our corporate partners, we will find you the hardware and software solutions that present
you with the highest degree of functionality at the most affordable cost. Most importantly, before
starting the upgrade we will use our comprehensive backup and disaster recovery solution to
redundantly back up your files. This way, your organization doesn't run the risk of losing your data; the
lifeblood of your company. Once your new hardware is in place, your files can be restored, removing
long periods of expensive downtime from the equation.
In this way, Onward Technologies' IT services provides optimal value; by having a solution for all of your
organization's IT pain points. For more information contact us today at 312-795-9500 to speak with a
consultant about getting your workstations fitted with supported software.