Microsoft Windows 7 will no longer be supported in January 2020. Despite this, millions of small business owners still haven’t upgraded to the newer version of the operating system.
In fact, about half of all computers used in small businesses are still running Windows 7, exposing them to huge cybersecurity risks once the updates cease. Regardless of Microsoft’s best efforts to convince them to upgrade, a great number of them have still not decided to make the move.
Kaspersky notes that 47% of small-to-medium-sized businesses are running Windows 7. As it so happens, this particular version was at the forefront of WannaCry ransomware attacks. During May 2017 alone, more than 300,000 Windows 7 PCs were at the hackers’ mercy.
As for the UK area, the National Health Service has admitted that one million of their PCs have Windows 7 installed on them.
If you still want to be using Microsoft Windows 7 regardless, there are extended support contracts available for large enterprises. However, these will set you back $25 per device per year.
Alexey Pankratov from Kaspersky warns us that the cybersecurity risk associated with not upgrading is high and if disaster strikes as a result of it, the costs of an incident can reach astronomical heights.
With less than 6 months away from the deadline, Microsoft has decided to launch a programme designed to help small businesses with the upgrade. Your organisation is eligible if you’ve purchased at least 150 licenses for either Microsoft 365 or Office 365 ProPlus.