Windows 7 End of Support Coming Soon

Just like Windows Vista and Windows XP before it, Windows 7 will soon lose long term support from Microsoft.  What does this mean for you?

Microsoft's mainstream support for Windows 7 ended in January 2015, but extended support will end on January 14, 2020.  This means that after January 2020 Microsoft will no longer supply updates to fix critical security issues with Windows 7.  There is an exception to end of support, larger businesses with volume licensed Windows 7 Professional or Enterprise can pay for Extended Security Updates, but the cost can be astronomical with the fees increasing yearly for a maximum of 3 years extension.  At the end of Windows XP support, some large businesses ended up paying Microsoft nearly $250,000 a year for extended support.  It is far more economical to either upgrade or replace your workstations.  Is it worth risking not upgrading?  Even with the best Antivirus, you can still be vulnerable to attack if the security weakness lies within the operating system itself. 

The Adoption rate of Windows 10 has risen since November 2018 when it was nearly tied with Windows 7 users.  Net Marketshare reports that as of January 2019, 40% of computers worldwide are now running Windows 10, but there are still 37% of computers running Windows 7.  With only 10 months left before Windows 7 end of support, it may be a good time to consider options for your computer be a business machine or a home computer.  

If you need help in weighing your options for your business or home computer, contact us today.