About the ‘Death of Windows 7’ and how it might affect your business
13th January marks the day that Microsoft’s Windows 7 passes from mainstream support into extended Support which will finally cease in January 2020. Whilst 2020 may seem some time away, now is the time to start planning.
Research deriving from content delivery firm Kollective indicates that over 43 percent of enterprises within the US and the UK still run Windows 7, which could potentially have unwanted consequences come January next year. Back in January 2015, Microsoft announced that they were ending mainstream support for Windows 7 with extended support running through till January 14th, 2020.
This could cause concern for businesses who haven’t yet thought about upgrading their systems. Considering that moving away from Windows XP took up to three whole years for large organisations, businesses are urged to think about upgrading as soon as possible.
Nouveau reminds customers that once on Windows 10, businesses will need to continuously update their systems as part of Microsoft’s new ‘Windows-as-a-service” initiative. Gareth Scott, our Senior Consultant Engineer, says that ‘older versions of Windows previously updated every so often, maybe every 18 months or so. Now Windows 10 is already past its fifth iteration because it gets updated much more regularly ensuring that your environment is benefiting from the most uptodate security patches and bug fixes ’. For businesses with outdated infrastructure, distributing frequent updates across all their systems may prove to be rather vexatious.
Gareth recommends testing the migration on duplicate systems. This means copying your environment onto a ‘test-bench’ PC or server, including all the applications that your business relies on. The Nouveau team can help you with this transition and work with you to select the right upgrade path for your environment.
What’s the danger? Why you can’t just stick with Windows 7.
A lack of support for Windows 7 means that there will be no further security patches for the operating system. It’s quite clear what this means for your business: you are unfortunately much more susceptible to cyber-attacks.
When the cyberattack known as ‘WannaCry’ broke out back in May 2017, it was discovered that the ransomware spread much more rapidly by exploiting vulnerabilities in PCs that used outdated and under-protected systems such as Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. When Windows 7 goes end-of-life, expect a higher proportion of cyberattacks to be aimed at the unsupported operating system. We here at Nouveau are making it one of our priorities to ensure that our customers start thinking about upgrading if they haven’t done so already and ensure your transition is as seamless as possible.
By preparing sooner rather than later, you can make sure your transition is as seamless as possible
How Nouveau can help
We here at Nouveau can offer full scale migration services and can help your business upgrade outdated systems and infrastructure as the need arises.
If you would like to speak to one of our experts, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01189 699290 for more information.