Windows End Support for Legacy Systems

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As the new year begins, Microsoft has taken the step to improve their security. As of January 14th, 2020, Windows has ceased any and all support and updates to the Windows 7 operating system.

What this means is that many systems are now extremely vulnerable. By disabling the updates for these systems, it means they aren’t getting the latest patches for malware leaving them vulnerable to hackers. This becomes an issue when over a third of computer systems around the world use the Operating systems as a legacy system. Now with the system no longer viable, many companies must scramble to update their entire systems which means that their files might get lost. This is a serious issue for many companies, and they must upgrade to Windows 10 or equivalent systems. Barring that, they must get new computers with said systems installed.[1]

As new viruses and other malicious software is found, computers must be kept updated as frequently as possible. With this announcement, legacy systems must be updated or new systems must be brought in to keep up with compliance and patches.

[1] https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/14/tech/windows-7-what-to-do/index.html

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