January 14, 2020, Microsoft will cease supporting its ten-year old workhorse of
an operating system, just as it did in 2014 with XP, Window 7’s highly popular
predecessor. Like before, affected businesses can either upgrade to Windows 10
or fend for themselves against cyberattacks, with no further updates or
security patches. Abandoning support for aging software is common among
vendors, who typically alert customers well in advance. Still, nearly 70% of
businesses worldwide rely on Windows 7. While millions of enterprises will be
impacted, not all will respond in like manner. Some will use cost and
inconvenience to justify their (unadvisable) decision to postpone the upgrade.
will work with an IT Managed Services Provider (MSP) like TeamLogic IT to
responsibly tackle the transition head on. Here are a few steps you can take to
ensure a successful move.
all machines that need to be upgraded or replaced, including legacy systems,
which may be a messy patchwork of old code and time-worn add-ons.
upgrades and develop a budget and timeline.
security implications, including whether measures are needed to isolate
critical systems from Windows 7 machines that can’t be updated.
your employee training program, including session content and leaders. Finally,
ask your MSP about the new Windows as a Service (WaaS) model, which Microsoft
has introduced to minimize the upheaval of future OS upgrades. Upgrades are no
slam dunk. So, if you need help getting ready, give us a call.