The Clock is Ticking on the End of Windows 7

It’s time to get in line for your upgrade to Windows 10!

Microsoft has announced that they will discontinue support of Windows 7 as of January 14, 2020. Microsoft strongly recommends that you move to Windows 10 long before that time to avoid a situation where you won’t have the protection or support you need.The biggest risk is that Windows 7 will no longer receive security updates or technical support; so, it’s important that you upgrade to a modern operating system as soon as possible.

As Brett Gallant of Advanced Office Solutions said, “By starting the reminders now, our hope is that people will have time to plan and prepare for this transition. When someone is using an outdated version of the operating system, this increases their risk of being attacked through an exploit: a program, a piece of code, or even some data designed to take advantage of a bug in an application.”

For most Windows 7 users, moving to a NEW PC that includes Windows 10 will be the recommended path forward. Today’s PCs are faster, lighter-weight, more powerful and far more secure. If your computers are 4 years old (or older), now is the time to upgrade to a new device that is capable of optimizing Windows 10, as well as being able to run the latest Software as a Service (SaaS).

Currently, Windows 7 is in use by approximately 65% of businesses around the world. They must take the necessary steps needed to accept the end of life deadline, and heed the call for careful planning. Reviewing your company’s current hardware and software will help you identify what needs to be updated, in order to enjoy a seamless transition. The sooner you have a plan, the more strategic you can be in preparing and budgeting.

Some small and midsize businesses, are concerned about the cost and time-consuming work to update and adapt to new systems. Most are working with outdated software that rely on older operating systems. Older equipment simply can’t handle the system requirements needed for an upgrade. Business owners also worry that training team members to use the new system is a learning curve that can result in downtime. But, Microsoft is alerting users, in advance, so that businesses and individuals will understand, and adapt to the upgrades, well in advance of the deadline.

Moving forward…. with the development of Windows 10, Microsoft created a new policy for the sustainability of their products. This model is known as Windows as a Service (WaaS) and includes ongoing updates and continuous service for current software. Businesses using Windows 10 will remain up-to-date with the latest fixes and updates. So, you won’t need to upgrade, or worry about which one will be the least troublesome to implement.

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