By Nick Klein
As many of you are no doubt aware, January 14, 2020 was the date that Microsoft ceased security updates for Windows 7 and Server 2008R2. Toward the end of 2019 we saw a significant increase in clients updating their workstation computers and servers. In July 2019 Windows 10 had a slight edge (at 46%) over Windows 7 computers (45%) that run CAMAvision. As of March 2020, this share has tipped to over 65% running Windows 10, and 26% running Windows 7. The remaining 9% are servers, Windows 8, and two hold out Windows XP computers.
As I write this, we’re in the midst of the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. If your office is still running Windows 7, and you weren’t able to upgrade before COVID-19 hit, you should still continue to plan. In fact, you may find that there’s a little more time to do so since interactions with the public are limited.
Although the PC at your desk is “just” the work computer, it’s still a place where we’ve collected countless documents, emails, and photos – not to mention the many applications used to do our jobs. The thought of moving large numbers of files or having to reinstall certain applications makes one think of pushing the project off to “another day.” That’s why it’s important to plan with your IT the upgrade.
If you and your IT have a plan in place, be sure to contact Vanguard technical support and get on our schedule when you plan to update servers and workstations. Our office has also been impacted by the social distancing requirements. Many of our staff are working from home, but we are still able to connect to assist clients.