21 May Windows 10 Migration Looms Ahead
For the last 10 years, many business owners have relied on Windows 7 as their operating system of choice. When the software was released in October of 2009, engineers at Microsoft made a commitment to provide 10 full years of product support. If you have already done the math, you now realize this period of support is now rapidly coming to an end.
According to the Microsoft website:
“The specific end of support day for Windows 7 will be January 14, 2020. After that, technical assistance and software updates from Windows Update that help protect your PC will no longer be available for the product. Microsoft strongly recommends that you move to Windows 10 sometime before January 2020 to avoid a situation where you need service or support that is no longer available.”
A recent survey shows that only an estimated 22% of business systems have fully transitioned to Windows 10 technology.
This coming January, Microsoft will discontinue support and maintenance for Windows 7 and Server 2008. After this date, Microsoft will no longer release new security patches or general updates to the operating system.
What This Means for Business Owners
In terms of business effect, your software may have issues as updates are released. The software may no longer work on older systems which could directly affect your operations. More importantly without the new security patches, Windows 7 will become a tremendous security threat if left operating in production environments.
Dobson is Here to Help Businesses
In terms of how to plan for this event, we at Dobson are happy to review our clients’ systems currently running Windows 7 and Server 2008. Assuming the hardware is adequate and under warranty, we can discuss costs associated with upgrading them in place. In the event the system is no longer under warranty or is not compatible with Windows 10, we are happy to work with you to estimate hardware replacement costs.
The Time to Upgrade is Now
Windows 7 has been a phenomenal operating system for many years and businesses have been slow to upgrade due to its inherent stability and ease of use. Dobson anticipates a considerable caseload for upgrades towards the end of 2019. We encourage our current customers to contact us now, and find out more about how Dobson can make this transition easy and cost effective. If Dobson is not the current IT provider for your business, but you need help getting ready for the change, we’d love to be your partner, as well.
If you have any questions or are ready to schedule an upgrade evaluation, please call us, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.