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Windows 7 End of Life, Episode Three: The Return of the Upgrade

Microsoft Is Ending Support for the Windows 7 Operating System

Depending on the blogs and media you follow, the Windows 7 end of life support might be old news, but the clock is still ticking, and there are many users still on Windows 7 today. If you want to learn about the advantages of upgrading to Windows 10, you can check out our other blog on it. If you want to know some of the consequences that can befall you if you stick with Windows 7, you can read our coverage on that too. 

We’re taking this opportunity to remind everyone to upgrade as soon as possible and talk about some of the ways these upgrades have affected businesses in the past. This is not the first time that Microsoft has stopped extended support for an outdated operating system, and it likely won’t be the last. We’re going to examine a past real-world example of what can happen when your systems are no longer receiving security updates—along with the endless cycle of upgrades you can expect from Microsoft.   

Windows 7 Users Should Learn From Microsoft’s History

No matter what any company does, there are going to be security issues over the passage of time. There are just too many threats out there and too many advances in technology to assume 100% complete safety around the clock. Companies like Microsoft dedicate substantial time and resources to trying to stay ahead of these threats with product support like security patches and upgrades. Every time a new threat arrives on the scene, they find a fix or new defense and send it out to the millions of Microsoft accounts they support.  

This cycle of playing catch-up can exist across multiple versions of Windows at the same time, which is one of the reasons that Microsoft phases out support for operating systems after a given period. It makes more sense for them to focus their efforts on protecting their latest products and encourage users to move to Windows 10 or their newest operating system. In fact, the end of life support date for Windows 10 is already set for 2025, but that’s something to discuss another day.     

Running Windows Unsupported Runs the Risk of Another WannaCry-Level Incident

The WannaCry ransomware attack of 2017 is one of the best-known worldwide cyberattacks ever to take place. It affected more than 200,000 computers across 150 countries. In financial terms, the total damages ended up ranging from hundreds of millions to even billions of dollars. One of the reasons that the intrusion was so widespread and so effective was because so many people and organizations had failed to maintain current updates and security patches. Since then, Microsoft has continued to release new updates to prevent incidents such as the WannaCry attack.

If users continue to work with Windows 7, they run the risk of having another event similar to WannaCry. For this reason and many more, it just makes good sense to make the move to Windows 10 as soon as possible. The team at SBT is equipped and ready to manage your migration. We’ll make sure that your data and operations are transitioned quickly and securely. To learn more about what we can do to help your business migrate to Windows 10, contact SBT Partners today.  

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