The New Year signals a fresh start, but don’t wait until then to update your business computer operating system, especially if you’re currently running on Windows 7. That’s because Microsoft has announced it will be withdrawing its support for Windows 7 on 14th January 2020. So how will this affect your business and what are the alternatives? Read on for the latest advice from incovo’s IT experts.
Windows 7 was released in 2009 and within just six months over 100million copies had been sold worldwide. In fact, it still remains the most used Microsoft software in some countries. So this announcement is big news and will undoubtedly affect a huge number of businesses.
If your business is currently operating on Windows 7, it’s essential you act now because come mid-January, although your system will still work, essential security patches, updates and technical support will no longer be available. This means that computers still using Windows 7 could be left vulnerable to exploitation from hackers.
Need a reminder of how devastating cyber attacks can be? Just two years ago the ‘WannaCry’ cyber attack affected hundreds of thousands of computers that were still using the outdated Windows XP operating software. Among the countless organisations affected was the NHS. A staggering 19,000 appointments were cancelled and it cost the UK a total of £92million to deal with the aftermath.
So what can be done to safeguard and futureproof your business’ online security? One suggestion is to upgrade to Windows 10, however it’s important to remember that some older computers may not be capable of supporting this later software. It’s also worth noting that support for Windows 10 is expected to be withdrawn in 2026.
An alternative option is to move to a cloud-based system, where files and data are stored online rather than on machines.
If you’d like to find out more about updating your operating system, speak to the digital team at incovo who will be able to advise which option will best suit your business. We provide a wide range of IT services and can install the very latest hardware as well as provide ongoing support.
Call 0345 450 8400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll ensure your business continues to run smoothly in the New Year and beyond.