You’ve been seeing messages about it everywhere. Recently, Windows officially ended its support for users on the Windows 7 operating system and Windows Server 2008.
Windows 7 isn’t going anywhere. You can still run your computers on that operating system.
The problem is, if something goes wrong, Microsoft won’t provide support anymore. It’s now pouring that time into support for businesses using new and improved operating systems.
As of the end of support date on January 14th of this year, Microsoft also isn’t closing security vulnerabilities for its millions of worldwide users. There will be no new security patches for Windows 7.
The OS is already outdated, but as time goes by, it will be less and less safe from viruses and other cybercrime threats.
What support is Microsoft ending?
Microsoft will no longer provide bug fixes or technical support. This also means your OS won’t be compatible with future versions of Microsoft software.
Users who don’t update will be stuck with dangerous security gaps in their servers and systems.
All services related and exclusive to Windows 7 will discontinue over time, making it harder to keep the operating system. Internet Explorer, for example, follows the support lifecycle of the Windows operating system—so if you’re running the web browser on Windows 7, that won’t get support anymore, either.
Am I at risk?
Yes—for now. Microsoft tends to be ahead of the latest cybersecurity threats, so operating without their updates and support leaves a critical gap in your business’ safety. But there's still time to get back on track.
The first thing to do is update all your devices to run on Windows 10. It’s the bare minimum to ensure online security.
Purchasing Windows 10 isn’t difficult, but having a technology support team can help ensure a smooth transition. Find out how we can help.