All good things come to an end. While Windows 7 has been a favourite among many companies for almost a decade now, the operating system is coming to the end of its life in January 2020 — just three months from now. Many people will be sad to see it go, but here at Somerbys IT, we want to help you make the right decision for the next steps for your company.
What happens after January?
Computers and systems won’t stop working, but Microsoft will stop providing:
● Technical support for any issues
● Software updates
● Security updates or fixes
What does that mean for your company?
The BIG point here is that without security and software updates, your system will become significantly more vulnerable, meaning you’re at higher risk of viruses and cyberattacks — and the disruption they can cause. Reports show that over 70% of cyber attacks target small businesses, and up to 60% of these go out of business in the six months that follow.
Within three or four months, it’s highly probable that the apps and systems you use will be out of date and some will become unusable. It’s exactly the same as what happens when you have an old mobile phone that’s no longer supported. But this is your business and your livelihood — and Somerbys IT wants to protect you.
What we recommend
There are two options here: one is a temporary fix, while the other is a longer term solution that will benefit your business in more ways than keeping your systems safe and secure.
Option 1 – Extended Security Updates program
The most temporary of solutions, which even Microsoft is calling “a last resort”, is the Extended Security Updates (ESU) program. This will include critical or important security updates, but no new features, non-security updates, or design changes. The program is for a maximum of three years, and the price will increase for each period of 12 months, starting at £50-£60 per PC in December 2019. Our support prices will be in addition to this.
Option 2 – Upgrade
You can try to upgrade your current computers to a more recent version of Windows. This will provide you with the correct level of security and you’ll be able to run the necessary updates. However, if you’re using Windows 7, then the chances are that your machines are around 8-10 years old. This means they’re probably reaching the end of their lives too.
Although this option may be less expensive in the short term, you could end up paying installation costs, then having to replace your Windows 7 machines within a year or so anyway.
Option 3 – Replace
At Somerbys IT, we highly recommend that you consider replacing machines running Windows 7 with new machines that automatically come with the latest version of Windows. This means you’ll end up with:
● Better machines
● A higher level of protection from cyber and malware attacks
● Significantly quicker and more efficient systems (and staff!)
It will also be a great morale boost for your team. Not only will it make their days easier as they won’t be grappling with a slow system, but they’ll realise that you are willing to invest in them and the company. Coming in to see new computers on desks means a great day at the office for everyone!
The reality is that with a significant increase in cyber attacks, keeping systems fully updated is genuinely important. At Somerbys IT, we want you to have the best system possible that provides you with the maximum security, so we highly recommend option 3.
What do I need to do?
The main message here is that you need to do something. Windows 7 is reaching the end of its life and this will compromise your system, and ultimately your business. Somerbys IT prides itself on being a diligent IT support company that keeps companies protected, and we’d love to help you with this.
Get in touch with our team today and we’ll happily take you through some options and find the solution that works for you.