Windows 7 extended support ends Jan 14th, 2020

Windows 7 extended support ends Jan 14th, 2020

Windows 7 has reached its 10th birthday, the Operating system releasing on the 14th of January 2009 is a favourite for many users. 36% of Personal Computer owners and 43% of enterprises, still use Windows 7 as their primary operating system (OS).

Protect your data from Cyber Attack by upgrading to Windows 10

Windows 7 extended support ends January 14th, 2020, which means from that date onwards Microsoft will stop fixing security problems in Windows 7 Operating Systems. Devices with Windows 7 will still function but exploits and security vulnerabilities for that operating system will not be fixed, leaving those devices insecure. Microsoft will also discontinue technical support for the product on Windows support. This means that incidents like the WannaCry attack, that targeted non-patched XP machines in 2017 disrupting the NHS  and over 300,000 organisations worldwide will be much more likely on those machines still operating using Windows 7.

Microsoft 365 users can upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge

Microsoft and Curatrix Technologies are recommending Windows 7 users to move to a new device with window 10 pre-installed rather than upgrading the OS of Windows 7 devices as new PC’s are faster. Microsoft 365 users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge.  If you need guidance for this process, we have a dedicated Microsoft migration team at Curatrix that can assist you throughout the migration journey.

So what’s new with Windows 10?

windows 10Windows 10 offers new and improved features from Windows 7, for example, the search bar also searches the windows store and your internet browser and additional features have been added to the Windows action centre in Windows 10 such as battery saver mode and tablet mode. Windows 10 also includes the virtual desktop as an inbuilt feature and has an updated Internet Explorer browser known as Edge. Windows 7 products can still be activated after the support cancellation date, for those users who still wish to use Windows 7 despite its drawbacks.

In addition to the enhanced user experience, Windows 10 Professional coupled with Microsoft 365 Enterprise (not to be confused with Office 365) provides corporate level security and auditing capabilities.  Those organisations that require high levels of security or that have strict compliance requirements should be considering an upgrade to Microsoft 365.

Curatrix Technologies can help you with this upgrade
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