End of Life for Windows 7
Microsoft Corp. recently announced the end of support for Windows 7 operating system. This could be misconstrued as an irrelevant news update owing to lack of awareness on what it could impact. Currently Windows 7 is a rampantly used Operating System by billions of customers as well as several businesses across the world. This system regularly receives updates and support from Microsoft. Until now, not much attention would have been given to such updates.
However, it needs to be considered that such updates kept the system secure from hacking attempts by new viruses or malware strains that were designed to take advantage of any vulnerability. The discontinuation of more support will surely keep a massive amount of data stores in system using Windows7 across the world, prone to unauthorized access as well as loss of information.
The usage of Windows 7 can continue. But it will become a big liability especially to businesses, government departments and other institutions in Florida who store lots of confidential information in their systems. However, the end of Windows 7 does not imply the end of business operations on computers. It is highly recommended to migrate to Windows 10 as soon as possible.
Another implication of not upgrading the Windows platform of a business could be reduction in terms of compliance to statutory and legal requirements. This situation can be illustrated by taking the example of a defense contractor. It is mandatory for such contractors to meet DAFS or HIPPA compliance requirements which include taking appropriate measures to prevent cyber incidents as well as the analytics to isolate the issue and its root cause. Hence, if your system is not properly secure, you wouldn’t be eligible to sign big defense and other government projects.
Microsoft has released an update named Windows 7 – KB4493132’. This update’s sole purpose is to send notifications, reminding Windows 7 users to upgrade to Windows 10 as soon as they can. There is still time for the final date and Microsoft hopes to convince all users for getting upgraded to Windows 10 by then.
Besides the Windows operating system, it will be also be necessary to upgrade rest of the software and tools in your office. For example, the next version of Microsoft Office 2019 will only be compatible with Windows 10.