What’s the significance of January 14th 2020?
We’re afraid that it’s nothing to get overly excited about, but it is important that you keep it in mind. Why? Because on 14th January 2020 Microsoft will discontinue support of the Windows 7 operating system (sorry, we did say it wasn’t exciting…).
Do you need to worry?
If your PCs have been purchased brand new within the last three years then you need read no further. However, if you have PCs that were acquired before 2015 then they could well be running Windows 7.
For many years Windows 7 was the most prevalent operating system on the planet and quite possibly in the universe! So popular was it that many users refused to adopt the newer, but more bug-ridden systems 8 and 9. Windows 10 has proved more popular but we know that there are still some avid supporters of 7 out there (you know who you are 🙂).
So, what’s the problem of keeping Windows 7 after 14th January 2020?
Once Microsoft withdraw support so too will software companies. This could result in your vital software not working properly on a machine that uses Windows 7. And your machines could be at greater risk of a security breach. But fear not – Windows 10 is a great operating system with many new features that make it user friendly. And all relevant software will be compatible.
What do you need to do?
Make a note of the date in your diary and then find out how many devices you have that use Windows 7 (and if you’re not sure, ask us). With around a year to go, you have time to schedule for devices to be updated around quieter periods, and when budgets allow, possibly changing devices on a piecemeal basis. We’d also recommend that this would be an ideal time to replace devices that are over three years old. If you’re not sure why, take a read of our recent blog https://www.netprimates.com/news/replace-it-kit