Since its launch on 22nd July 2009 Windows 7 has been the operating system of choice of many businesses, with a visual refresh and a host of new features it soon became favoured, and loved, by many.
Holding a number of records, including the highest grossing pre order in Amazon’s history, surpassing the previous record holder of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Two weeks after its release it surpassed the market share of Apples Snow Leopard and by July 2012 it had sold over 630 million licenses.
Sadly, as with all things support for Windows 7 is coming to an end. Microsoft will be ending support for this popular operating system on the 14th January 2020.
For your business this means that any device running Windows 7 will stop receiving security patches and updates, computers running Windows 7 will also be deemed non compliant by security audits and be unsupported by software vendors.
It is likely that hackers will take this opportunity to write malware and viruses to take advantage of unpatched vulnerabilities in the unsupported operating system and wreak havoc.
It is time to migrate to Windows 10.
The transition to Windows 10 requires analysis of your existing devices, some will be capable of being upgraded, others will need to be replaced.
The deployment of Windows 10 may be an opportunity to leverage the cloud benefits of Azure Active Directory and InTune to provide a suite of tools for complete device management.
The key steps to deployment are:
2) Inventory your existing devices.
3) Audit your applications and check compatibility.
4) Build a cost case for upgrade or replacement.
5) Inform and train staff on the changes they will see.
6) Monitor performance as you migrate.
7) Identify and resolve problems.
8) Review and project closedown.
With a successful migration to Windows 10 you will maintain high levels of security and compliance. You will also be able to leverage new tools and features in the new operating system and in the cloud.
Act now, call Focus on 01209 613660 to plan your migration.