It’s finally happening. Microsoft is saying goodbye to Windows 7 and as a business owner, you should be preparing to do the same. The good news is that there is a great alternative on the market that can help ensure running and managing your business is an absolute breeze. Here’s everything you need to know about the end of Windows 7 and why Office 365 is the absolute best upgrade for you.
Windows 7 will end officially on January 14th, 2020. Before you get the wrong idea, this doesn’t mean that the operating system will no longer run on your device. It still will. However, it won’t receive any more updates or patches.
Why is this a problem? Microsoft uses patches and updates for a wide range of reasons. These updates plug critical gaps in security, fix software bugs and keep the system up to date with the latest standards of protection on the market. No more updates will ultimately mean that the system will be exposed to viruses, hacks and other malicious activities.
This is particularly relevant to business owners because it will mean that sensitive data such as customer financial information is going to be left exposed. It will also leave your business vulnerable to new issues such as ransomware. Ransomware is malware that locks you out of your system and remains locked until you pay a sum of money. Even then, there are no guarantees that you will get your data back. If anything, once you pay up cybercriminals are more likely to try again.
The other key fact to be aware of here is that Microsoft has widely promoted the fact that Windows 7 is reaching its end of life. Criminals are very aware of this which could ultimately mean it’s going to be open season on any companies that are still using the operating system.
Even if you are lucky enough to avoid a malicious attack, the end of life also means that Microsoft will no longer offer technical support. As such, you won’t be able to solve any issues that arise with the software.
Integritek provides businesses with a seamless transfer to Office 365 minimizing downtime and disruption while ensuring that your software and business systems are properly upgraded.
There are numerous benefits for businesses that are keen on upgrading to Office 365. First off, this system operates on the cloud so you will immediately gain access to the latest version of the software. There’s no need for patches and upgrades. Instead, the system is constantly being improved.
Integritek’s Office 365 business suite includes over a dozen services including email and document storage. This will help you reduce your business costs and improve efficiency levels. You might wonder whether Office 365 is right for your company. Since it is completely scalable, you can choose what tools you want or need. There are very few businesses where Office 365 won’t be a tremendous asset.
The constant upgrades also ensure that you will never fall behind with the latest security features. These will be added to your systems automatically and keep your files safe and sound.
With Office 365 collaboration is easy. Employees will find it simple to connect with co-workers, so that everyone can work on the same project, in real-time, from different devices. There are even fantastic features such as HD video, team chat and shared calendars to take advantage of too.
We hope this helps you understand the significance of Windows 7 end of life and why upgrading to Microsoft 365 could be the right choice for your business. Don’t wait until the last minute, get in touch now to discover more about this service and learn how Integritek can help you complete the upgrade for your company.