All good things must eventually come to an end, and that includes your business’ technology solutions. The end of a Windows operating system’s reign on the market is always an eventful time, as you have businesses that take proactive measures to ensure they don’t fall behind the times before the end of support date, and you have those who wait until the last minute and put their organizations at risk because of it.
In addition to several other Microsoft products, including Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7 will reach its end of support date on January 14th, 2020. You might be wondering why we’re bringing this up so far ahead of time but trust us when we say that you could need either a couple of weeks or several months to make the jump to a supported operating system.
You might recall receiving messages on your computer that you have Windows updates waiting to be deployed. In fact, they may have been pretty annoying in the past, disrupting your workflow and distracting you from getting things done. With the End of Support date approaching, you might soon find yourself not seeing any of these, which might seem like a benefit at first glance… Until you realize that your organization is not receiving security updates, which is a considerable issue to say the least.
Security updates are critical to the success of your business, as without them you are essentially playing with fire. Who’s to say that there aren’t hackers out there who are developing threats against outdated operating systems? You never know what could happen, and if you know there is an opportunity to prevent this uncertainty, you want to take it every single time.
Think about it like this--if you have the chance to avoid a security threat by implementing proactive solutions, you would do it, right? The same can be said in this case. Once you’re aware that your technology solutions will soon become obsolete, you take measures to upgrade away from your current OS, avoiding the rush to upgrade away from the solution in the first place, as well as eliminating the possibility that you’ll be caught unaware in between the end of support and implementation of the more recent system.
Washington Works can help your business upgrade away from Windows 7 and any other solutions that are reaching their End of Support date in the near future. Remember, it’s better to know how you will respond to these issues before they occur, rather than be scrambled and unable to implement solutions in time. To learn more about how your business can be as prepared as possible for this event, reach out to us at 301-571-5040.
Washington Works has been serving the Bethesda area since 2005, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.