Microsoft no longer supports its Windows 7 operating system as of today, Jan. 14, 2020. This means Microsoft will not provide updates or security patches for the immensely popular computer operating system it launched in 2009.
Windows 7 users can still use their computers after today but the company warns they will be at "greater risk for viruses and malware." AM Data Service strongly recommends against any business using the outdated operating system.
"If your business decides to continue using Windows 7, your risk for malware, spyware and ransomware go up significantly. I urge every business user to either upgrade or replace their computers that are still running the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system.
"Not doing this is simply irresponsible."
CEO, AM Data Service
What options do Windows 7 users have?
Option 1: Purchase a new computer that comes with Windows 10 already installed.
Computers have changed substantially since Windows 7 was first released. Today’s computers are faster, more powerful and secure than older models. Below are the packages we recommend. However, custom packages are available in either a desktop computer or laptop computer configuration:
- Basic – 3000 Series | Accessing internet and using Microsoft Office
- Standard – 5000 Series | Opening multiple windows at the same time
- Advanced – 7000 Series | Running large, memory-heavy applications
Option 2: Upgrade your computer to Windows 10.
Note: This may not be an option if you are using an application that is not compatible after updating, or your current computer does not have the correct specifications. To determine if your computer is compatible, visit Microsoft's web page: How to Find Windows 10 Computer Specifications & Systems Requirements.
Windows Server 2008 support also ending
In addition to Windows 7, today marks the end of support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 as well.
There will be no patches or security updates, which will cause security and compliance issues and expose organizations to serious security risks.
Below are 2 options to resolve the issues. Each will be a custom solution to fit your organization’s specific needs.
What options do Windows Server users have?
Option 1: Migrate to AM Data Service’s Cosmos Cloud.
The Cosmos Cloud is so much more than another public cloud. Cosmos Cloud is the latest and most advanced cloud offering from AM Data Service.
Our experienced team of cloud engineers and infrastructure professionals have designed our public cloud environment from the ground up with 3 goals in mind:
While other cloud hosting services skimp on features and increase prices, AM Data Service provides a different experience with The Cosmos Cloud. Our team works with your organization to understand your unique needs, developing a long-term technology strategy.
Option 2: Replace on-premise server.
There are many ways to manage this change for your organization. The fastest and easiest path is to outsource the work to AM Data Service.