Windows 7 and Server 2008 is due to reach End Of Life (EOL) on 14 January 2020, but a large number of the world's computers, most in corporate environments, are still running the nine-year-old system.
Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows 7 and Server 2008 in January 2015, with extended support running till 14 January 2020. Businesses which fail to migrate in time will be saddled with high fees for further support from Microsoft.
This End of Life means no more bug-fixes, security patches or new functionality, making any user - personal or enterprise - significantly more susceptible to malware attacks. Just as it did with Windows XP, Microsoft will continue to offer support for those Windows 7 and Server 2008 users still reluctant to upgrade to its Windows 10 OS, but it'll cost you.
However, there's absolutely nothing stopping you from using Windows 7 and Server 2008 even after its End of Life. But you should know that using an outdated operating system makes your computer vulnerable to cyber-attacks.
Windows 7 and Server 2008 was the version of Windows most widely affected by WannaCry in 2017. Without patches, Windows 7 and Server 2008 is still vulnerable to the recently disclosed BlueKeep bug and several other flaws that Microsoft patched in August.
With just a couple of months left until Microsoft stops issuing free patches for Windows 7 and Server 2008, millions of workstations are still running the OS, leaving them exposed to vulnerabilities.
According to a Kaspersky research, 40% of very small businesses (VSBs) and 48% of small, medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and enterprises still rely on unsupported or approaching EOS operating systems for their security needs.
The reasons behind the slow updating process for Windows 7 and Server 2008 PCs vary depending on the software in place, which may be unable to run on the newest OS versions, or depending on the Windows 10 minimum hardware requirements.
We, at ePrompto have seen security threads coming from outdated Operating Systems, unpatched vulnerabilities and so on. The longer you wait in updating the systems, the bigger the risk becomes of a potentially costly attack.
Upgrade your systems to Windows 10 and Server 2016 today.
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