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End of the road for Windows 7

Posted: 20th June, 2019 End of the road for Windows 7

Windows 7 is nearing its end of life stage so it’s time for your business to start planning a move to the newer Windows 10 operating system. Microsoft recently announced it’ll cease support for Windows 7 on 14th January 2020. Until then, an extended support phase is in operation, provided you have automatic updates enabled.

The good news is that you’re not going to arrive at the office on the morning of 15th January 2020 and discover your Windows 7 machine no longer works. You’ll be able to use Windows 7 for as long as you want on an unsupported basis.

The bad news is that Windows 7 will not be patched for security threats such as phishing, viruses, malware, spyware, ransomware and hacking. With no new security fixes, your company is much more vulnerable to the ever-growing, increasingly sophisticated volume of cyberattacks.

Cybercriminals are constantly identifying vulnerabilities to exploit. Outdated, unsupported software is easy prey. Often cyberattacks are automated which can affect anyone, anywhere. If you read legal news headlines, you’ll know just how devastating and pervasive the consequences of a violation of this nature can be. In the worst cases, it can signify collapse.

Added to these worrying concerns is the possibility of breaching your data protection obligations if your clients’ data is deleted or stolen by cybercriminals. Under GDPR, the biggest fines are €20 million or 4% of global annual turnover.

In our opinion, the best approach is to begin the planning process now. Choose which operating system you’re migrating to, which will most likely be Windows 10, purchase the necessary licences and schedule its roll out across each of your teams in the run up to January.

Where Quill’s concerned, we’re currently upgrading our computers to Windows 10 ahead of deadline in order to minimise risks for you, our clients. We’ve also decided that, from January, our Interactive software’s document management add-ins for Microsoft Word and Outlook will not be supported for Windows 7 users.

On this note, as well as migrating, if you’re not an existing user of our add-ins, it’s an ideal opportunity for you to take a look at linking your Interactive system with the Microsoft Office suite. Go to www.quill.co.uk/Document-Management-Software to find out how you can spend your working day using your familiar MS applications while integrating fully with Interactive on the go.