My friends, it’s time to say goodbye. In recent months, Microsoft has officially announced that come mid-January 2020, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will no longer be supported. No “official support” meaning that no customer service team will be available, and the chance of ransomware attacks and viruses greatly increases because no patches or updates will be implemented. With no Microsoft-backed assistance, your company’s equipment is at notable risk, and issues will undoubtedly arise at some point.
We completely understand that the change will be faced with some hesitancy, and the inevitable question of, “do I have to upgrade?” But, with all of the potential issues to consider, now is the perfect time to think about upgrading, and we want to make your transition as easy as possible.
We see two possible paths for your next steps:
- You can upgrade your current operating software and leave your hardware as is. This option is a lower-cost alternative, but old machines can have a plethora of issues beyond operating systems.
- Although a pricier alternative, you can purchase new equipment and the newest operating system possible. Upgrading the entire setup ensures better performing machinery and if issues do arise, everything is under warranty.
As January approaches, now is the time to decide on upgrade plans. Overall, upgrading results in improved security features, responsive customer support and a myriad of performance benefits – there is no real negative side effect here. But, the longer you wait to switch operating systems, the more likely you are to experience serious problems.
Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.
Contact us at 225.424.8000 to discuss upgrade options and next steps!