Microsoft will end all support for Windows 7 on January 2020. Although they sounded the alarms in 2018, many companies still limp along with older versions of Windows, such as 7, 8 and 8.1. As the end of life date draws near, these companies risk falling behind technologically and exposing themselves to critical security flaws. Upgrading may seem like a chore, but it’s absolutely necessary. Working with a Microsoft certified professional can reduce the burden of upgrading.

For years, Windows 7 represented the most popular Microsoft operating system after Windows XP. With its smooth interface and rock-solid operation – things which have historically proven inconsistent in other Windows editions – users may be hesitant to drop to another operating system. For businesses, however, this hesitation is dangerous. Here’s why every company must strongly consider upgrading to Windows 10 now.

Windows 7 End of Life: January 2020

How long will Windows 7 be supported? As of September 2019, end of life for Windows 7 occurs in about three months.

End of life is a term used to describe product obsoletion. It means Microsoft will no longer market, sell, support or provide patches for Windows 7. Users who have purchased the operating system and installed it on their machines will be able to continue using their devices without interruption. However, they’ll be on their own when it comes to security risks and fixing problems.

Weighing the options? Here are six reasons why everyone should upgrade to Windows 10 now.

Six Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10 Now

Upgrading to Windows 10 is essential for companies which rely on Windows for their computers systems.

1. Windows 7 Patches and Fixes Will Get Expensive

While Microsoft is ending life for Windows 7 for the general public, some businesses will be able to purchase patches and updates for the operating system over the next two years – at the tune of up to $200 per device. Not only does this represent a high financial cost for companies running more than a handful of devices, but these patches and upgrades are free with Windows 10.

2. Without Patches, Windows 7 Will Fall Prey to Cyber Attacks

Patches exist to close security holes and fix bugs before they have a chance to cause any harm. Without them, viruses and hackers will eventually find a way into a system. Outdated operating systems run the risk of violating mandatory compliance for data privacy for companies in industries which require them.

3. Windows 8 and 8.1 Will Also Reach End of Life

Microsoft has indicated that Windows 8 and 8.1 will go the way of Windows 7, leaving Windows 10 as the only operating system in use. While upgrading to Windows 8 will buy companies some time, it’s stated end of life date is January 2023.

4. All Future Releases Will Be Windows 10

Microsoft has had a rocky past in its quest to refine Windows, and users haven’t forgotten. It’s a primary reason why so many refuse to upgrade to Windows 10, despite the looming end of life date. However, although Microsoft has referred to Windows 10 as its “Forever OS,” it has also hinted at releases of other future operating systems. These, like the rumored Windows Lite, will all be based off Windows 10.

5. Starting Now Avoids a Rush

Upgrading an operating system on a single device is a complicated process which takes hours. Starting now allows a Microsoft Certified Professional IT specialist to focus on one or two devices each day rather than trying to do them all in a single afternoon. This helps avoid overloading the IT department, causing other projects to grind to a halt.

6. Everyone Is Doing It

Users are heeding the call to upgrade and embrace Windows 10. In January 2019, Windows 10 finally outstripped Windows 7 in popularity. From then, Windows 10 has jumped from representing 39 percent of all Windows installations to 51 percent in August 2019. Upgrading sends a message about the company’s commitment to remain modern.

Upgrade to Windows 10 With a Microsoft Certified Professional at DME

Upgrading to Windows 10 is inevitable. After the three years of paid upgrades are over, companies who chose this route will still be required to upgrade to Windows 10 to keep their systems safe. Instead of pouring money into costly Windows 7 patches, consider hiring a Microsoft Certified Professional to make the transition to Windows 10 effortless and efficient.

DME works with organizations to deploy modern, cost-effective technology that works. Contact us today to begin strategizing your upgrade to Windows 10.