On January 14th of next year, popular computer operating system Windows 7 will reach it’s End of Life stage, and Microsoft will no longer support it in an official capacity. Windows 7 was released in July 2009, and will be discontinued after 11 years. In addition, Windows Server 2008 R2 will also reach End of Life on the same date.
What does this mean for my organization?
Will my computers still work? Yes, technically your computes running Windows 7 will continue to operate. However, on that date Microsoft will stop issuing patches and security updates for the OS. This means that all computers in your organization still running Windows 7 become vulnerable, which can also expose your entire network.
The biggest issue with continuing to use Windows 7 is that it won’t be patched for any new viruses or security flaws once it enters End of Life, and this leaves you open to any emerging threat. Moreover, hackers and malicious code writers will take advantage of this event to develop new ways to attack the Window 7 OS, knowing that no fixes or patches will come.
It is critical that you begin to plan now to replace or upgrade these machines. Please contact Mosesys about a replacement strategy today.