With a year to go until Windows 7 reaches the end of its supported life, John Fitzgerald outlines the steps charities should be taking now.
The National Cyber Security Centre just sent out a reminder that a year from now, Windows 7 will become unsupported. It’s important make plans now to ensure that you are not still running Windows 7 in January 2020. Eligible charities can upgrade their Windows OS for free.
Microsoft’s blog explains why it’s not a good idea to run an unsupported version of Windows:
An unsupported version of Windows will no longer receive software updates from Windows Update. These updates include security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software which can steal your personal information. Windows Update also installs the latest software updates to improve the reliability of Windows—such as new drivers for your hardware.
2020 might feel like a long time away, but planning ahead means you will be able to migrate smoothly and seamlessly rather than doing it in a rush. Good news: Windows OS licence upgrades are available at a substantial discount to eligible organisations via the Tech Trust. You can learn more about offers and discounts for charities on the Microsoft Nonprofits website.
3 steps you should be thinking about now are:
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