What to do about Windows 7 End-of-life

What to do about Windows 7 End-of-life

Windows 7 End-of-life

In case you are unaware — Windows 7 is coming to an end.

Microsoft has planned for this for a long time. However, most users have not it seems.

According to web analytics vendor, Net Applications, Windows 7 actually saw its user share increase to 38.4% of all personal computers worldwide at the end of February.

You may think that Microsoft forcing an update is purely cosmetic, or just operational. But if your organization is dependent on compliance, such as HIPAA or PCI, you will need to replace all affected devices. Without security updates and patches, workspaces will no longer be secure. But don’t take our word for it-

“Today, [Windows 7] does not meet the requirements of modern technology, nor the high-security requirements of IT departments,” says Markus Nitschke, Head of Windows at Microsoft Germany.”

With this many devices needing to be updated worldwide, it’s important to have a plan in place and move decisively. Because in addition to Windows 7, Server 2008 and Exchange 2010 are also making their exit.

What is the next step for your organization?

Understand that this is a necessary budget expense for most organizations. If you were unaware of this coming transition, you may not have planned for this expense. This is the time to expedite decision making. We are anticipating nation-wide device shortages as we get closer to 2020 and EOL. Contact our IT experts to help make a transition plan for your organization.

(For our clients — we will reach out to you regarding the transition, if necessary.)

Once you have reached the decision point and are ready to proceed, it may still be a few weeks at minimum before you have the new hardware in place. Taking proactive measures will ensure that there is no lapse in compliance or security.

If you have any questions, reach out to our IT experts to discuss how ITonDemand can help.

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Notice: If you receive Office365 through ITonDemand, you and your staff will start receiving emails from Microsoft as part of a special Microsoft Partner program.

 

On Nov. 29th, 2018, Microsoft will start to send these emails. These emails will be tips and training information from Microsoft on their Office 365 suite. 

 

What you can expect

Microsoft will send out regular emails that provide training and tips “aimed at helping users increase their productivity”.  These emails will only be for services that the users have enabled. 

 

 

Value

We believe these tips and training provides value to your staff and we are eager to leverage our longstanding Microsoft Partnership and pass those benefits along.  

 

As always if you have questions regarding these settings or would like some help with the Office 365 service, please feel free to reach out to our helpdesk team.

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Understanding technology doesn’t have to be difficult. At ITonDemand, we are all about making your technology work for you. To help with that, we have started TipsonDemand.

What is TipsonDemand? 

TipsonDemand is our series of 30-second videos that we release on social media that focus on easy, actionable, pieces of tech advice. Each week, we present an idea, new technology, or security tip meant to make technology that much simpler.

What will I learn?

Subjects can range from knowing how to protect yourself through the ongoing data privacy debate to what to look for while shopping for your next computer. If you have a specific question, you can always email, message, or comment on a video for us to get your answer (or fill out the form to the right). Like ITonDemand on Facebook and follow us on Instagram to see these videos every Friday. You can also find them archived on our website here.

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Rogue windows usually occur when laptop users hook up to a second monitor or screen. This connection to the second monitor can become unreliable. Especially if you use an older Windows OS and disconnect the laptop before turning off the “extend desktop” setting.

Rogue windows also happen on the latest systems like Windows 8 and 10, designed to be multi-monitor friendly. These new OS systems have an app that, “moves a window” off screen without bringing it back.

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