Windows-7-End-of-Life-January-14-2020

Windows 7 support ends on January 14, 2020

This means that the security updates also end and all the computers that work with this operating system will be totally unprotected against threats.

Companies that still work with Windows 7 face a change that may expose the security of their computers, employees, and customer information. On January 14, 2020, Windows 7 will end its support and with it the security updates. This means all the computers that work with this operating system will be totally unprotected against possible attacks and viruses.

What does it mean that Windows 7 is no longer updated?

Although computers that use Windows 7 will continue to run after January of next year, hardware driver updates, new OS features, or Windows Defender functionalities will not be sent through Windows Update. For this reason, computers that use Windows 7 will become obsolete because they cannot benefit from the latest productivity tools or respond to new security and virus threats.

Also, Microsoft technical support will no longer serve those companies that contact the technical team via chat or phone to answer questions about Windows 7 as they have done in the past. For this reason, they must be updated to the new Windows 10 Pro, which will help to work in a totally safe way thanks to the latest security updates.

Updating is key to being protected

Microsoft offers companies a new version of Windows specially designed for companies to improve their security and productivity. In this case, companies have two options, they replace with new computers that have hardware compatible with all the features of Windows 10 Pro or, if they prefer, they can update their current computers, provided they are compatible.

Within the multiple features of the new Windows 10 Pro, several functionalities are specially designed to guarantee the security of business devices, protecting both the organization’s data and those of employees and customers:

  • Malicious or unwanted software detection and real-time analysis of what is downloaded or executed to prevent possible attacks with Windows Defender.
  • Protection against ransomware to prevent remote encryption of the PC and possible extortion of users.
  • Login without password with facial recognition or fingerprint thanks to Windows Hello.
  • Possibility of using a pen to take notes and create and mark all types of documents.
  • Increased efficiency with more durable batteries in new devices with Windows 10 Pro.
  • Specific features of Windows Security that help to comply with the GDPR guaranteeing the security and protection of information on all devices.

These and other features of Windows 10 Pro, together with the Office 365 Enterprise Premium package tools, allow companies to work more safely and be more productive from anywhere.

If your business is still using Windows 7, the time is now begin planning for its end of life date. Westcoast computer Services can assist you in that planning and help you create a schedule for the transition. We can help you implement a number of solutions that will enable a smooth transition to a more modern operating system. Contact us to get started!

 

 

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