Should You Get Rid of Windows 7 and Server 2008?
What If You Don’t Switch?
On January 14, 2020, Microsoft will end its support for Windows 7 and Server 2008. But just because you can continue to use Windows 7 after the end of life date, it doesn’t mean you should. Businesses who rely on technology to keep them running are proactively upgrading their Windows environment to avoid downtime, user issues, loss of functionality with other applications and increased security vulnerabilities.
Businesses who remain on Windows 7 and Server 2008 will be left behind with:
- No technical support
- No software updates
- No security updates
Businesses who do not upgrade might think they are saving some money now, but may have a far bigger and more expensive problems coming.
What Does This Mean For Your Security?
Procrastinating the upgrade will leave your company’s systems weak and vulnerable to data breaches, liability issues and other cyber threats. Any new vulnerabilities will remain vulnerable. All operating systems and servers need to be continually updated to stay safe and secure. Without updates, patches and bug fixes, your environment will be exposed to cybercriminals who will exploit vulnerabilities, bugs and application compatibility issues.
Not upgrading your Windows environment will expose your company to external threats. Hackers are waiting for companies who don’t migrate from Windows 7 after the end of life date and are no longer supported or secure. Don’t be tempted to try to save a bit of money and be at risk for a situation that is preventable… because it could end up costing a lot, lot more!
What If I Don’t Have The Budget?
If you are worried about how to afford getting your business upgraded to the current technology – don’t. You have options, such as leasing, where you don’t have to pay the full amount upfront. If you prefer to reserve your cash for other business needs, leasing provides a monthly payment option and combined with one of our monthly proactive maintenance plans you will have following benefits:
Upgraded Technology: Technology is evolving at an accelerated rate. Acquire the technology you need to stay up-to-speed and keep your business and systems running properly.
Controlled IT Costs: A predictable monthly cost that is easy to budget for without unexpected IT expenses. Understand future technology costs and plan ahead accordingly to scale your growth.
Maximized Efficiency: Proactive support to resolve IT issues before they happen. Even when IT issues occur, there’s less downtime with our technical experts as an extension of your team.
Free Up Cash: Use capital for revenue generating activity rather than big spends on IT equipment and make the most out of your capex dollars.
To help customers acquire the technology they need, we offer a flexible monthly solution that includes all hardware, software, installation and services. Many customers are taking advantage of our as-a-service program to upgrade their Windows environment.
What Do You Need To Do?
You now know that Windows 7 and Server 2008 will not be a safe product to use after January 14, 2020. If you have not already done so, make the time now to start preparing your business for the upgrade. For businesses, we recommend using an IT professional to ensure everything is working properly and upgraded correctly.
- Develop a budget or look into leasing options.
- Plan to replace or update your computers and servers before 2020.
- Call us for an inventory evaluation.
- Act now as time is moving fast and we want to help you before it is too late.
If you do not know where to start, we are here to help. As a trusted technology adviser, we have helped multiple companies and businesses proactively upgrade their Windows environment. We help make it a seamless process, with affordable rates to accommodate your budget and time frame. Contact us today to see how we can help you transition to Windows 10 and be more secure so that you can better protect your business. Please check out Windows 7 EOL information for further information and a video detailing what the upgrade involves.