After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer be supporting the Windows 7 operating system. This Windows version has been in service since its introduction on July 22, 2009.While it is possible to continue to use Windows 7 past the deadline, Microsoft will no longer provide technical support, updates, fixes, or security enhancements.
Suspending support for aging systems is standard practice for Microsoft as the company continues to develop new and improved iterations of their operating systems. Updates and refinements were also suspended previously for earlier versions like Windows XP and Vista. These were discontinued in 2014 and 2017, respectively, also after about 11-12 years of service.
What Happens When Windows 7 Support Stops?
Suspension of support will impact current subscribers of Office 365 ProPlus, Office 365 Business and Office, and Office 365 Business Premium. For all of these products, Microsoft requires that “customers stay current as per servicing and system requirements for the product or service.”
Your most significant risk with the suspension of Windows 7 will be the threat to the security of your data due to a higher potential of being compromised.
How Does This Impact Me?
Microsoft advises that those continuing to use Office 365 ProPLus on Windows 7 will eventually experience deteriorating performance and reliability issues. Although Microsoft will provide updates for these Office products until January 2023, be advised that there will be no future updates for Windows 7 during that time.
Microsoft strongly recommends against continuing to use Office 365 ProPlus with Windows 7 after January 2020. Using a modern cloud-backed client on this older, unsupported systems can result in serious problems.
What Should I Do to Prepare for this Change?
Because performance, reliability, and security could be compromised with an outdated Windows 7 product, upgrading your organization’s devices to Windows 10 is the best long-term solution.
CEG in Napa will professionally and economically upgrade your operating system to be more productive and safer than before. We will update and format your new Windows 10 system without any loss of data nor disruption to your business
Our experts can even guide your staff through the transition.
With the upgrade to Windows 10, your data will be more secure safer with improved analytics and functionality.
Serving the North Bay Area from our Napa offices, CEG has been providing professional IT management, computer support, and computer repair and maintenance for businesses and individuals for three decades.
Contact CEG to discuss the process and cost to make these necessary upgrades a reality. Helping area businesses solve IT issues and provide comprehensive computer support is always CEG’s priority.
Drop by our Napa office to learn about our technical and computer support programs. Or, phone us to discuss your Windows 10 upgrade or other computer support needs at +1-833-234-9701.