I think literally everyone in the world hates switching operating systems. Everything had its place, and then Microsoft, Google, or Apple decide to change it all. You either spend a half-hour poking around to find where they moved “the thing,” or Google it.
It’s especially annoying for small business owners when OS upgrades occur because you need to update multiple computers and devices. And who knows if the new OS plays nice with all your various industry software and tools. Will you be able to transfer your small business’s workflows into the OS? What thing will break because Microsoft decided it wasn’t worth supporting?
Well, the sad fact of the matter is that, you need to upgrade to Windows 10…like today, right now, as-of-this-moment…because Microsoft will no longer support Windows 7 come the end of January 2020.
Why does Windows 7 end-of-life matter to small businesses?
As a small business owner, you may be thinking, “What’s the big deal? All my computers will still work.”
That is 100% true. You can definitely opt to take the route of keeping things as-is, but let me give you a quick analogy of the risks…
Windows 7 is like a home that millions of criminals want to break into because there are millions of homes out there exactly like it. Once they know how to break into one, they know how to break into them all. These criminals are constantly poking and prodding Windows 7 for weaknesses, and they frequently find them. BUT Microsoft does the same thing, and once it finds a weakness, it fixes it. (This is why Windows is always updating.)
Windows 7 end-of-life means that Microsoft is going to stop fixing these weaknesses. Once some criminals find a way into the house, all the criminals will know the way in, and Microsoft won’t do anything to fix it.
If you don’t upgrade to Windows 10, you’re basically leaving a door wide open for criminals to get into your small business’s network and possible access to critical files and data.
At the end of the day, we highly recommend that all small businesses upgrade to Windows 10. Small businesses make tempting targets for cybercriminals because a lot of owners think they’re too small for criminals to notice. But that's simply not true. As we’ve noted before, 43% of cyberattacks are against small businesses.
If you need to upgrade your small business’s computers from Windows 7, NextPoint IT would love to help you out. We’re local to the Indianapolis, Carmel, Fishers, and Westfield, Indiana region, but we run projects throughout Indiana. And we have staff with decades of enterprise and SMB IT experience.
Credit: Tim Ludden