As of 14th January 2020, Microsoft will no longer be providing any free support or security updates for Windows 7 and Windows server 2008 / 2008 R2. These systems will be at risk to cyber attacks and new vulnerabilities. Businesses should be planning now to upgrade to Windows 10.
In 2018, there were 499 Windows desktop OS vulnerabilities reported across Windows desktops. 169 of these were classed as critical vulnerabilities. Over the same time period, there were 449 Windows server vulnerabilities. 136 of these were classed as critical.
For example, the WannaCry ransomware attack, that affected over 300,000 computers worldwide, back in 2017, was caused due to an unpatched vulnerability in Windows OS. Microsoft had previously released a patch for this vulnerability, but only for operating systems in support. If a similar large outbreak was to occur after 14th January, no patch will be available, unless paying high support costs to Microsoft.
33% of all data breaches are caused worldwide by unpatched vulnerabilities. A data breach that occurs these days under the new NDB (notifiable data breach) scheme, could have a devastating impact to your company financially. The fines and damage that can be incurred, could cost you your business.
Microsoft will no longer be supporting office 365 pro on windows 7, without paying high support costs to Microsoft. Again, keeping windows 7 will result in much higher IT support costs as an increasing number of applications become non-compatible.
But I hate change
The good news is there are numerous ways to make Windows 10, look and feel like your old Windows 7 computer.
Benefits of Windows 10
Here are a few of the major benefits of migrating to Windows 10.
Security – Windows 10 is more secure than any of the previous desktop versions. Included features are advanced biometrics, advanced Ransomware / malware threat protection and trusted hardware. The secure boot feature requires that any program that’s starts at boot up, has to be signed off by both Microsoft and hardware manufacturers.
Start-up – Windows 10 offers an increased speed boost at start-up. Overall performance improvements with power savings up to 50%.
What are my options
New hardware - All new workstation / laptop purchases will automatically come with Windows 10. You can either buy or lease replacement computers. New hardware like the operating system will provide better security features and performance.
Existing hardware – If your current windows 7 computers are less than three years old, then you can simply upgrade to Windows 10 (fee applies). Hardware older than this, you would be better to look at replacing.
With the end of life date fast approaching, it is far better to plan now. If you have a number of workstations in this category, then look at option of replacing / upgrading a set number each month, rather than all at once.
Bottom line don’t leave your business at an increased risk due to unsupported operating systems.
Please feel free to discuss any of this with your Account manager. For new enquiries or more information, please contact Qbit on (08) 6364 0600.