YOUR I.T. GUY WANTS YOU TO KNOW…WINDOWS 7 END OF LIFE IS JANUARY 14th 2020, START PLANNING YOUR UPGRADE NOW
The end of the Windows 7 lifecycle is January 14, 2020. "End of life” means Microsoft will discontinue all support, including paid support; and all updates, including security updates. Windows 7 is currently in “extended support”, meaning Microsoft will offer only paid support and security updates and users should note that even though Microsoft says it will support Windows 7 until January 2020, it began blocking older machines, such as those using Pentium III in June 2018 and can block support for any machine at any time.
You will need to upgrade to Windows 10, which was released in 2015. It supports apps that can be used across multiple devices; PCs, tablets, smartphones, and supports touchscreen, keyboard, and mouse input methods. Even though there are differences between the 2 interfaces, there are many similarities. Windows 10 is faster than Windows 7 and you will like the changes once you understand the layout.
It’s important to plan ahead as you will want to have your files backed up to help make the transition smoother (in case of the unthinkable).
Microsoft will continually nag you to upgrade, only this time they will let you check “Do not remind me again”. On the other hand, your I.T. guy should continually remind you to upgrade until it has been done and tested.
We love to hear the excitement surrounding your move into a new office; however, you might not like to hear what we have to say if you only let us know 1-2 weeks prior. The number one delay you could face is internet connectivity. Oftentimes ISPs will be 4-6 weeks out on new installations. Can you really go that long without internet? You might also find that your current service provider is not on the list of vendors for your new location and you can’t find anyone that knows who is. You might face losing your current phone solution, especially if you don’t have VoIP phones that can be used over anybody’s network. The new space might not be equipped with any or enough data drops, and you might have mistaken phone connections for data connections. You need to view your move as a project. Ask your I.T. person to do a walkthrough with you or your GC to ensure there’s a place for your network equipment and to determine if you have the connectivity you need. Ask them to provide you a list of ISPs that service that address and what the cost is for each provider. Review the needs of your staff to determine if any network equipment needs to be upgraded. This is the ideal time to consider a move to VoIP phones. You should have a solid date/time scheduled for the internet cut over; in addition to scheduling your I.T. person to move and reinstall all your equipment so there is no downtime. Remember, I.T. can help make your move a dream and not a nightmare!
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