By Arielle Mullen

As of last year, NetMarketShare reported that a whopping 40.1% of users depend on Windows 7 as their operating system. If you count yourself among them, there are several things to consider to ensure your operation remains uninterrupted. 

January 14, 2020 has been announced as the official date of Windows 7 End of Life, which means Microsoft will no longer update or support this operating system from that point forward. However, thanks to the popularity of Windows 7, there's a pretty sizable number of individuals who need to start thinking of moving away from this operating system. 

When will Microsoft support for Windows 7 officially end?

Although Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows 7 in January of 2015, until the official End of Life date (January 14, 2020), we're in what's known as an "extended support" phase. Since 2015, while no new features were added and warranty claims were invalid, Microsoft has continued to patch and update Windows 7, simply to ensure security issues are addressed. Once the extended support ends, Microsoft plans to cease all support of Windows 7. 

What actually happens after the End of Life date passes?

The good news is, after January 14, 2020, Windows 7 will continue to work for as long as you use it. However, just because you can use it, doesn't mean you should. Continuing to use Windows 7 will leave you vulnerable to security issues, as the operating system won't be patched for new viruses or other potential problems. Thanks to the huge number of people who currently use Windows 7, if a significant portion decide to continue using it, this could be seen as an incentive to develop malware and other targeted viruses. 

So what should I do?

If you're a ClearIT client and a Windows 7 user, we suggest getting in touch with us today for help in updating your operating systems. Not a ClearIT client? Not a problem! Reach out and schedule a consultation with us today and we'll walk you through your options to ensure continuity of your daily operations. 

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