Still using Windows 7? Unfortunately, Microsoft is ending support for the operating system by Jan. 14, 2020. So, if you continue using it after that date, you won’t have access to critical security updates that keep your system protected. Luckily, Microsoft has some options available. Whether you take advantage of Microsoft’s ongoing support options or choose to update your systems, it might be a good idea to work with an IT consulting firm like Strategic Network Solutions to ensure you are making informed decisions based on your business goals.

Extended Support

While individuals will simply have to move on and upgrade to Windows 10, businesses tend to be less agile, which is why Microsoft is allowing them to join the Windows 7 Extended Security Update program. But this program incurs a fee that increases every year.

The fee can be partially mitigated by enterprise users with volume-licensing agreements, but this only goes so far. Support will end entirely by January 2023. While it might be necessary for some businesses to extend their service for a year or two, this won’t last forever, and it’s critical they update either with Windows 10 or through Microsoft’s Windows Virtual Desktop service that allows users to virtualize Windows 7 and 10.

Other Products Are Losing Support Too

It’s also worth noting that Windows 7 isn’t the only Microsoft product that’s about to be cut off. Microsoft is also ending support for Office 365 on Windows 7 devices, and the company will discontinue support for a number of other products on Jan. 14. This includes Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1. In addition, Office 2010 will lose support on Oct. 13, 2020; some support has already ended. SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 4 support ended on July 9.

An Opportunity to Enhance Your Operations

On the bright side, this is an opportunity to refresh your systems and take advantage of all the amazing features of Windows 10, Office 365, and other Microsoft programs. Increase efficiency, productivity, and usability.

While the Windows 7 support timeline is reaching its end, you still have time to act. A data migration plan developed by a professional IT provider can encompass all your legacy systems and will help ensure you can stay up and running. And if you’re wondering why you should spend the money migrating all your systems, you should know that not taking action could cost you significantly more in the long run. Without a support structure in place from Microsoft while you are going through the migration process, it’s hard to predict the headache you might have to go through. If there is already a security flaw, or even a breach in your system when you migrate, vulnerability could carry forward into your new system.

Microsoft isn’t likely to extend the deadline any further. Why take the risk? Consider an upgrade and migration to keep your systems safe. At Strategic Network Consulting, we have the expertise to migrate your processes over to new software with minimal business interruption. Connect with us today to get ahead of Microsoft’s ending support and keep your systems secure for years to come!