As with every Windows Operating System before it, Windows 7 will soon no longer be supported by Microsoft. The official date for end of support is 14th January 2020, along with Server 2008 (R2)and Exchange 2010.
The system is still widely used by organisations across the globe of all sizes and industries. However as with Windows XP once we head into late January 2020 Microsoft will no longer be releasing security updates for these software packages, and third-party vendors will no longer be making software that will work with the retired Operating System.
Apart from taking advantage of the new features in Windows 10 the main reason to move away form Windows 7 is security. People will no doubt remember the malware infection that brought large parts of the NHS to a standstill in 2017. They may also remember that the NHS was more vulnerable to attack due to a large number of computers still running the out-of-date and unsupported Windows XP Operating System. The lesson learnt was that in order to keep ahead of cyber criminals your computers, servers and network have to run up-to-date software with the latest security fixes and these are only available for currently supported systems.
If you’re still running Windows 7 on your computers, or Server 2008 and Exchange 2010 you should contact LSA so we can plan to beat this deadline and ensure your network is as secure as possible on the 14th January 2020.