From Dave’s Desk
Only 18 months to go! The Windows 7 desktop operating system goes end-of-support in January 2020, and while that may sound like a long time away, it’s not when you realized we’ve got 2,855 Windows 7 instances across our client base that should be upgraded between now and then!
This month, we discuss the approach of Windows 7 end-of-support, we pass along Windows 10 planning resources and lessons from early adopters, we offer tips on Windows 10, and we meet team member Brian Scanlon.
Dave DelVecchio, President
Windows 7 end-of-support approaching
As we first announced in our January 2018 newsletter, the Microsoft Windows 7 desktop operating system will be going end of life in January, 2020. End of support refers to the date when Microsoft no longer provides automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance. Without Microsoft support, security updates will no longer be provided against potentially harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software that can put personal information at risk.
If you have questions about the Windows lifecycle and how Microsoft schedules such end-of-support dates, please reference this fact sheet to learn more about this issue.
Windows 10 planning/lessons from early-adopters
As with any operating system upgrade, by far the most time-consuming aspect is the verification and testing process to ensure compatibility between legacy line-of-business applications and existing hardware and peripherals with the new operating system platform. To quote Microsoft from their published compatibility guide, “Windows 10 will be compatible with most existing PC hardware; most devices running Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 will meet the requirements for Windows 10.” In addition, “Existing desktop (Win32) application compatibility is also expected to be strong, with most existing applications working without any changes.”
However, we’ve found several potential “gotchas” at clients, usually with older 32-bit applications and with older (5 years+) peripherals, such as laser printers and scanners. As a result, assume nothing, and part of your Windows 10 deployment plan should be to install initially into a test-bed of users who will represent a cross-section of your user base so that all applications and network devices can be verified as compatible. Therefore, to meet the 2020 deadline and have all your systems replaced or upgraded to Windows 10, your test-bed should be in process by the end of 2019. Need help starting your migration plan? Just ask and we’re happy to help!
Tips on Windows 10
Not sure what Windows 10 looks like or what the new operating system is all about? Check out this useful tips site from Microsoft to watch an introductory video. In addition, Microsoft offers a variety of Windows 10 readiness guides and tutorials to aid your users in the changes that will be coming their way.
Meet Brian Scanlon
A twenty-two-year employee, Brian Scanlon started his career with us on January 2, 1996 as a part of our software development team. After spending several years traveling to install and support our custom-developed software, Brian transitioned his ample experience in business analysis and application development to an internal role. A part of the ownership team that purchased the company from its founder in 2003, Brian is responsible for the finance and HR functions of the organization.
When not working, Brian serves on the Board of Directors for the Northeast Center for Youth and Families, as well as coaches in Westfield youth sports and NE Jr. Falcons Youth Hockey.
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