Windows 7 & 8 Support Coming to an End – How Does This Affect You?
It may be the start of 2019, but it won’t be long until January 14, 2020 is here. What is the significance of this date you may be wondering? January 14, 2020 is the last day that Microsoft will be offering Windows 7 support. That means, Microsoft will no longer release patches and updates for any security issues. This will make the systems affected less secure, and at a greater risk for viruses. Healthcare organizations that are HIPAA compliant will also be greatly affected, since it is a requirement that all systems are on a supported operating system.
Although this is a big change, Microsoft won’t leave you hung out completely to dry. Microsoft announced that they will offer paid Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) until January 2023. However, the pricing will begin at a very costly rate, and the price will increase each year.
The complimentary support that comes with the Windows 8 license has been gone for a while and the only support that is available at this present time is limited services that are supplied at a costly rate. As of right now, Windows 8 is currently offering extended paid support but that will be coming to an end in January 2023.
If you don’t want your systems to be at risk and don’t want to spend a fortune, you may be wondering what your options are. If you are currently using Windows 7 or 8, now is the best time to make the switch to Windows 10, this way you can avoid being stuck in a situation where you will no longer receive the proper service or support.
Luckily, CATS Technology Solutions Group is here to guide you in making the best decision for you and your company. CATS Technology can make your adjustment from Windows 7 and Windows 8 smooth and quick, so you don’t ever have to worry about your system not being secure. Are you ready to make the transition to Windows 10? It’s fast, it’s easy, and it’s worth it – call CATS and let’s get started!!
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