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End-of-Life for Microsoft Windows 7

January 14, 2020 | Posted in:

General, Cloud, Data Points, IT Strategy, IT Security

The time for planning has ended. Microsoft will no longer provide extended support for Windows 7. While Extended Security Updates (ESU) may be available for Professional and Enterprise editions of Windows 7 (for a maximum of three years from January 14, 2020), this option will come at an increasing cost to organizations.

What will happen now:

  • Microsoft will no longer release regular patches and security updates for Windows 7, which may cause security & compliance issues, increasing your organizations' vulnerability to security threats.
  • Any problems that may occur with the Windows 7 operating system will no longer have help or support from Microsoft.
  • Extended Service Updates (ESU) licensing cost for Windows 7 has increased this month, and will continue to increase cumulatively year over year through 2022.

What to do next:

  • Consider the cloud. Microsoft offers Microsoft 365 (a.k.a. Modern Desktop), a subscription based platform which includes Windows 10 licensing, and all future updates so long as you are subscribed. No longer worry about end-of-life/end-of-support dates. 
  • Complete an upgrade, fast! If your organization has not completed the transition from Windows 7 to Windows 10, ensure that you are receiving the necessary security updates by purchasing ESU licensing (for Windows 7 Pro or Enterprise). This should be used as a preventative measure while completing a Windows upgrade.
  • Plan ahead for peace of mind. A great way to to evaluate your organizations IT health is with a comprehensive network assessment. This will provide an in-depth look into mission-critical applications and sensitive data needed to run your organization, then supply you with a proactive plan for the future.

If you would like to learn more about any of the topics listed here, or would like help identifying which of your technologies are facing end-of-support/life, get in touch with us We can help your organization control risk and reduce unforeseen budget expenses.