Microsoft has announced that after January 14, 2020 Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running Windows 7.
According to NetMarketShare’s data, 40.88% are still using Windows 7 – compared to the 37.44% who have moved on to the latest operating system, Windows 10.
What will happen if I continue using Windows 7 after January 2020?
Your PC will continue to start and run, but Microsoft will no longer provide the technical support, software updates and security updates for your business. If you continue to use Windows 7 after support has ended, your PC may become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses.
New computer viruses and other malware are developed all the time and, without the security updates to fight them off, your data and your system are vulnerable.
Microsoft recommends moving to Windows 10 because:
- Windows 10 is fast. Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 just can’t keep up. Many users report that Windows 10’s start-up time is even better than the latest version of macOS.
- The popular Windows Start button is back. On top of this, Microsoft has also enhanced touchscreen functionality for smartphones and tablets running Windows 10. Both updates have improved the overall user experience.
- Microsoft has added an extra layer of protection in Windows 10 with a secure boot option, although the responsibility falls on hardware manufacturers to make their products compatible with this new feature. Windows 10 also offers Device Guard, Windows Hello, and Microsoft Passport for enhanced device security.
- There are only a few months left before enterprises running Windows 7 find themselves with an insecure operating system on their hands. IT administrators need to prioritize Windows 10 migration to avoid exposing their enterprise to security vulnerabilities.
Why not give us a call on 020 8335 4224 to discuss your options, be it upgrading or a new machine - we can help.