Windows 7 is universally revered as the best Windows version after Windows XP. This is true for various reasons, of course. Specifically, studies suggest that roughly 200 million PCs all across the world are using an older version of Windows. The majority of those outdated computers are on Windows 7. If you visit a computer lab in your local area, you will notice that most of these computers are still running Windows 7. In addition, we see PC’s still using Windows Vista! This article details how small businesses are impacted by Windows 7 expiration.
Does Windows 7 expiration impact my business?
More than 200 million computer systems are still running some older version of Windows: mainly Windows 7. A great chunk are small businesses that do not have the time or resources needed to upgrade to a newer version of Windows. Therefore, we created this helpful list on how you could be impacted.
Here are some of the ways how Windows 7 expiring may impact your business:
You will have security flaws
The biggest concern of businesses after Windows 7 expires is the lack of any security patches. Microsoft says that they will stop supporting any kind of security updates for Windows 7. Thus, SMB businesses will pay a healthy premium to make Microsoft release security updates for the operating system.
Your legacy apps will expire:
Most of the applications that were developed as late as 2016 were developed with Windows 7 in mind. Many of these applications have not been updated to support Windows 10 SDKs. As such, when Windows 7 expires, you will be forced to update to a newer version of Windows. Therefore, you will lose access to such “legacy” applications that might not work properly on the newer version of Windows.
You will have to invest resources:
One of the biggest reasons why businesses do not want to update to a newer version of Windows is cost. As such, small companies will invest a lot of resources to hire special IT staff to update all of their products to a newer version of Windows. This will take a lot of resources, some of which are extremely valuable: time and money.
Such investment in resources won’t be comfortable for most businesses, even after Windows 7 expires.
You will have to retrain your staff:
The change from Windows 7 to a newer version of Windows like Windows 8 or Windows 10 is dramatic. Accordingly, you cannot find everything in the same order it was in Windows 7. Therefore, it will still be an effort for some staff members who have already become masters of Windows 7’s unique toolset and user interface.
- Training your staff to be comfortable with the new interface will take a lot of time
- Some might not even be ready to embrace all of this new change.
- Simply put there will be unrest for quite some time after updating to a newer version of Windows.
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If you do not want to update to a newer version of Windows, but don’t want the security risks, you can pay Microsoft heavily. Nonetheless, all businesses are affected by the Windows 7 expiration date, one way or the other.
Do you have questions that you need answered? Do you need help implement these strategies in your own business? Please feel free to contact us today and we can give you a free assessment of your company’s IT needs.