When it comes to business technology, around 75% - 80% of companies use Windows computers. May I share a few statistics with you?
• Microsoft's latest operating system is Windows 10
• Windows 7 is 10 years old!
• As many as 43% of businesses are still running Windows 7.
• 17% of IT departments don't know when the Win 7 support deadline is.
• 16% of IT departments admit to still running Windows XP or Vista. 🤯😯
Even though Windows 10 has been out for quite some time now, I completely understand why some companies haven't wanted to upgrade. Change is hard for humans. We get used to the way our computer looks, feels and operates. Even small changes require time and training.
Another issue is software compatibility. When your business has paid a hefty sum for line of business software that isn't yet compatible with Windows 10, it's tough to justify upgrading.
Here's the rub. After January 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide technical support, software updates or security updates for Windows 7. Those first two might cause minor inconveniences but the lack of security updates leaves you and your business extremely vulnerable.
New viruses, malware, and cyber threats are being created and sent out every day. Microsoft, Apple, all the big software companies, have people creating regular software updates to patch security holes and keep your devices protected from these threats. Without these regular security updates your data, your customers' data, your network and ultimately your entire business are left completely exposed.
You do have some options.
1. Do nothing - take your chances (not recommended)
2. Upgrade your current computers to Windows 10
3. Purchase new hardware/computers with Windows 10 already installed
The good news is you have some time to make a plan. Check with specialty software vendors as well as your IT provider about how this change affects you and your business.
If you have questions or need some guidance, give our office a call (614) 233-1648 or send an email. We're always happy to help!