Don’t Wait to Upgrade Microsoft Business Products
Updated: Feb 12
In January 2020, Windows 7 (and various other desktop and server software) will reach the end of life and Microsoft will no longer provide updates. While you can pay a fee to continue to get updates for Windows 7, it will be expensive, and the truth is that this type of support is only effective against simple attacks. Businesses that continue to use Windows 7, even with paid support, will be exposed to potential cyber attacks.
Migrating to Windows 10 takes some planning and preparation. To help prioritize your Windows 10 upgrade, begin with taking inventory of all hardware and software assets in your company. You can use a basic Excel spreadsheet to ensure that all systems are accounted for. To avoid migration issues, note all applications your company uses and check all hardware specifications to ensure that they are sufficient to run Windows 10. If they aren't, you may need to purchase new equipment.
The cost to upgrade will depend on the number of pc's, laptops and servers you have. Some of your pc's and laptops may accomodate an upgrade to Windows 10, others may not. Servers, may need to be replaced, as well, but as an option to save money, you may want to consider going to the cloud.
Don’t fall for the dangerous strategy of waiting until the last
minute to upgrade your systems.
To avoid suseptibility to cyber attacks, now’s the time to plan your upgrades to the latest version of Microsoft product(s). By doing so, security updates and patches will continue to be available and your data and systems will be protected.
Need help with your upgrades? ProActive helps SMB’s transition from business products at end-of-life support to their newest version. Let us help you protect your company systems from the ever-evolving threat of cyber attacks.