The Windows 7 Death Knell
Every journey has a beginning, a middle and an end. For the ubiquitous Microsoft Windows 7 operating system, that end is drawing near. Tuesday, January 14, 2020 is the official end of Microsoft’s extended support
Arriving on the market back in 2009, Windows 7 has enjoyed nearly a decade of success as a solid, flexible and user-friendly operating system (OS). With a simple to use interface, the ever-present “Start” button and easily recognizable logo, Windows took personal computing to the next level.
Enterprises leveraged the power of Windows 7 as a desktop/laptop OS along with Microsoft’s Windows Server products to drive their business. But unfortunately, at both the personal and professional levels, many still rely on this same aging OS today.
Microsoft currently provides security updates and nothing more for Windows 7. And after January 14, 2020, any remaining Windows 7 machines will be vulnerable to attack.
Even with numerous reminders dating back to 2015, when mainstream support ended, organizations continued to rely on Windows 7 as their core endpoint OS. Microsoft released its final version 6.1.7601, titled “Service Pack 1,” back in February of 2011. Eight years later, these machines still run on that same source code.
With less than a year remaining on extended support, migrating move off of Windows 7 to Windows 10 is a must. Starting now can provide enough time to test legacy application compatibility, ensure hardware drivers are up-to-date, and address user training concerns. Windows 10 is a nice end-to-end face lift, but it still requires some getting used to.
The time to plan for migration is NOW! Identifying a competent technology partner can save you time, money and headaches.
T3 Technologies provides planning, design, implementation, testing and support services for Windows 7 migration projects. Windows 7 to Windows 10 should find a place on your technology roadmap. We understand and appreciate how important technology is to your organization and the need for a compassionate approach to a major end-user change. Contact us to learn more about our planning and see how we can help you make January 14, 2020 just another Tuesday!