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A room without windows - Windows 7 end of life

A Room Without Windows 7: Microsoft’s Popular OS Retires Next Year

End of Life for Windows 7

In October 2008, terminally-unimpressed Windows Vista users were thrown a lifeline with Windows' brand-new operating system, Windows 7. Since then, it's become something of a favourite among Windows users, who consider it one of the most efficient OS experiences that tech giant Microsoft have developed*. 

But while the love affair with Windows 7 lives on, Microsoft's support for the decade-old system is nearing its end. As of January 14th, 2020, Microsoft are officially dropping support for the Windows 7 OS.

While Windows 7 and any compatible software will continue to work, you'll notice both degrading steadily. Software updates will slow down, eventually ceasing after the deadline, so your programmes and computers will suffer a slower and potentially less stable performance. More pressing are your security concerns; with no more security updates, your company's data - not to mention the personal data of your clients - is steadily become more vulnerable to attack.

It's strongly recommended that businesses upgrade to Windows 10. As the most recent of Microsoft's operating systems, it'll be supported further into the future with regular software and security updates. Though it's no longer free to upgrade for users of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1, it does come with some basic security and connectivity software as standard.

Windows 10's Enterprise and Professional editions are also designed to make migration easier; Windows Autopilot stores your system's configurations in the cloud, so any employees connected to it will automatically download the appropriate settings. It also allows for faster access to business contacts with the My People feature, and also features tools to aid productivity, synchronise a worker's personal & business accounts, and allow for colleagues to share files via Bluetooth.

If you're not sure how best to proceed, Mirus IT can provide End of Life Strategies and Training, making your migration safe, smooth and simple. We'll also undertake any necessary security to make sure your systems aren't only up-to-date, but as secure as possible.

Contact us today for a free assessment.

Meanwhile, you can see more details on Microsoft's lifecycle policy here.


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